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Delhi government acts to cut wait time at PUC centres

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12th September, 2019 09:59 IST
The PUC centres inside 42 terminals and depots of Delhi Transport Corporation will also be opened for private vehicles. NEW DELHI: Delhi government on Wednesday announced a host of measures to bring relief to thousands of motorists who have to wait 4-5 hours in serpentine queues to get a pollution under control (PUC) certificate for their vehicles.

With the penalty for not carrying a valid PUC certificate increasing 10-fold after the amended Motor Vehicles Act came into effect on September 1, the PUC centres across the city have been witnessing a tremendous rush. Their server has been crashing frequently due to the rush, leading to delays in issuing certificates.

“Before September 1, 15,000 PUC certificates were issued daily on average . The number has now crossed 45,000,” transport minister Kailash Gahlot said on Wednesday.

The minister said that while the number of registered vehicles is 1.1 crore, after excluding 15-year-old petrol vehicles and 10-year-old diesel vehicles, the actual number on road is 73 lakh. There are 941 functional PUC centres. Since the number of motorists seeking PUC certificates is unusually high, the centres are witnessing a huge rush.

At some centres, the number of vehicles being checked daily has crossed 2,000. Ganpati Filling Station in Mangolpuri Industrial Area carried out 2,731 checks in a day, the highest in the city. Among the top 10 centres witnessing a heavy load, eight have carried out more than 2,000 checks a day. The average at these centres is 2,220.

Gahlot said that working hours at the 941 centres have been increased and they will now remain open from 7am to 10pm. The server capacity was also increased from 1 pm on Wednesday. “The server capacity has gone up from 3,200 applications per hour to 6,000. The system will stabilise by this evening,” he added.

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Delhi government has also decided to open more pollution checking centres and applications for them have been invited. An advertisement will be floated on Thursday. Private parties authorised by the government run the PUC centres.

The PUC centres inside 42 terminals and depots of Delhi Transport Corporation will also be opened for private vehicles. Gahlot said that civil defence volunteers will be deployed for crowd management and to avert law and order issues at 10 PUC centres that witness extreme rush.

“We also received complaints of malpractices at the centres and services of two of them have been suspended. We will take strict action against violators,” the minister added.
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