Delhi residents will not get petrol or diesel at fuel stations from October 25 if they do not show valid pollution under control certificates for their vehicles, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said on Sunday, PTI reported.
Pollution under control certificate, or PUC, indicates that a vehicle’s emissions are in alignment with pollution norms and are not harmful to the environment.
On Sunday, Rai said that vehicular emissions were one of the causes of the rising pollution in Delhi.
“It is imperative to reduce it so it has been decided that from October 25 petrol, diesel will not be provided at petrol pumps without [a] PUC certificate of the vehicle,” Rai said at a press conference. A notification about the rule will be out as soon as the modalities of the plan are worked out, he added.
More than 17 lakh vehicles in the national capital do not have pollution under control certificates, according to the Delhi Transport Department. A vehicle owner may face a fine of up to Rs 10,000 in absence of the certificate.
Pollution is a major problem in Delhi during winter. Along with smoke emitting from vehicles, the national capital’s air quality drops because of lower temperatures, wind speeds, industrial pollution, and the burning of paddy…