RTO crack down on polluted vehicles

Violators will have to pay penalty of  Rs 1000

Indore: In a major drive, the RTO has decided to launch a crack down on those vehicles plying sans Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate and violators will be issued a challan of Rs 1000 from Tuesday. Sources said as many as 15 lakh registered vehicles are plying on the city roads. It’ll be a joint drive launched by the RTO along with Regional Pollution Control Board and Traffic Police.

About 90 percent of vehicles in the city have been running without PUC certificates and people came to know about it only a couple of days ago through the newspapers.As soon as the news spread, thousands of people lined up at PUC certificate centres to avoid the fine.

“I came to know about the drive just a couple of days ago. This is surprising for me as without giving any time limit or even a warning, the RTO has decided to impose a fine of Rs 1000,” Premchand Pahuja, a resident of Dwarkapuri said.He further said that there were only a few centres in the city due to which he had to observe in queue for hours for the certificate. As per the RTO officials, there are only nine authorised centres in the City for checking the vehicles and to issue PUC certificates. It was also found that there were 29 centres in the city but 20 of them were closed due to the lack of awareness among people.

“We don’t have any choice and time to take the certificates. We have to stay in the queue in sizzling heat of Nautapa. If it is the rule to have PUC certificate, then the RTO should launch a drive regularly to make people aware about the norms,” Vishnu Dodiya, resident of Scheme No. 119 said.

On the other hand, RTO Jitendra Raghuvanshi said that the norm is clearly mentioned in the Motor Vehicle Act 1989, clause 115 (7). “The Green Tribunal has also ordered to eliminate vehicles which are running for more than 15 years. We are also aware about less number of centres in the city and comparatively a very large number of vehicles due to which we have decided to launch the drive in phases,” Raghuvanshi said.

He further said that in the first phase, which will be started on Tuesday, we will only go through old commercial vehicles. “We will intensify the drive in coming days. During the drive, we will also appeal people to take PUC clearance and then will act on domestic vehicles,” he added.

While coming to the question of acting on the vehicles of civic bodies, the RTO said “We will not tolerate any violation of the norm. It doesn’t matter whether the vehicle belongs to any government office on not. We will check buses of AICTSL, IMC and other departments as well.”

Nine authorised centre for PUC clearance
* Manasvi Pollution Check Centre, Pipliyarao Ring Road
* Swadesh Transport Co-op Society Ltd, TP Nagar
* Hari Singh Training Institute, Khandwa Road
* Commanding Officer Servicing Group, Military area, Mhow
* Money Pollution Check, Mhow Naka Square
* Mahavir Transport Co-operative Society Limited, Sitaram Colony
* SS Tyres, Bhamouri
* Indore Pollution Check, Dhar Road
* Subhash PUC Centre, Pardeshipura

Why sudden drive launched?

The report of Central Pollution Control Board stated that Indore is at a ‘critical’ stage in terms of pollution. The board has also mentioned in the report that the major source of pollution in the city is increasing number of vehicles.  After getting the report, MP Pollution Control Board and Green Tribunal have directed the RTO to act against the polluting vehicles.

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