The government has taken a tough decision regarding air pollution in Delhi-NCR. As per the reports, restrictions of Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP-2) have been implemented in Delhi-NCR.
Through these restrictions, the government practicing to emphasise the use of public transport system. The government is increasing the parking fees for private vehicles.
Restrictions under GRAP-2
According to the rules of GRAP 2, the Central Government will increase parking charges in Delhi and NCR, so that the public transport system can be used more by the general public. The government is also increasing the frequency of metro and electric buses. Apart from this, instructions have also been given to sprinkle water to reduce dust particles on the roads.
Action on Drivers
The smoke emitted from vehicles pollutes the air the most, yet drivers are driving their vehicles on the roads of the capital without pollution certificates. Delhi Traffic Police is continuously taking action pertaining to this.
If we look at the action figures, this year the number of vehicles challenged without pollution certificate is 46 percent more as compared to last year. Last year till October 15, 1,08,100 challans were issued whereas this year 1,58,762 challans have been issued so far.
Elobariting the actions taken by the Delhi Traffic Police, Surendra Singh Yadav, Special Commissioner of Traffic Police, says: “The traffic police is taking various steps to check air pollution in the city, including the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court, National Green Tribunal, Environment Department etc. regarding enforcement of instructions issued to maintain the air quality.”
It is mandatory for plying vehicles to have a valid Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUCC) and its copy. Their main objective behind this is to allow only those vehicles to run on the roads which are following the emission norms restrained by the Government of India.
Vehicles plying without valid PUCC are booked under Section 190 (2) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and 115 Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 and the prescribed penalty is Rs 10,000 for the first offense with suspension of driver’s license and imprisonment of three months.