Odisha: Govt Grants A Month's Relief For Pollution Control Certificate

06 September 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: In view of people facing hardship in getting pollution under control (PUC) certificates for their vehicles due to the absence of adequate number of pollution testing stations in the State, the Odisha government today directed Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) to 'go slow' on the PUC norm check for a month, informed an official of the Transport department.

"Since many vehicle owners and even some government vehicles do not have updated PUC certificates and there are long queues at testing stations and the law now requires issuance of such certificates through online we have instructed the RTOs to go slow on PUC check of vehicles for a month," said G Srinivas, principal secretary, department of Commerce and Transport today.

He added that RTOs will be instructed to encourage people to get PUC certificates for their vehicles and the matter will be reviewed after a month.

The principal secretary further said that they will take a call if long queues still continued at testing stations.

"We will now gear up the system so that PUC certificates are issued with the opening of more number of testing centres.Our focus will be on how more and more people get PUC certificates and not cause unneccesary  harassment to people," he added.

Srinivas said, transport and police officials have been instructed to administer increased power in their hands carefully and whoever is found to have failed to utilise their power properly double the fine amount for the offence they have committed will be realised from them under section 210(B) of the new MV Act.   

G. Srinivas, Principal Secretary, Commerce & Transport Department