Delhi govt working on software to link PUC centres to a server

 Seeking to make the Pollution Under Control (PUC) monitoring centres work on a real-time basis, the Delhi government is working on a software to link all the PUC centres to a central server to avoid "tampering of data" and "willful mis-reporting" while issuing certificates.

PTI| Last Updated: Jul 13, 2015, 21:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Seeking to make the Pollution Under Control (PUC) monitoring centres work on a real-time basis, the Delhi government is working on a software to link all the PUC centres to a central server to avoid "tampering of data" and "willful mis-reporting" while issuing certificates.

According to senior officials, there are over 650 PUC centres across Delhi and the move is a part of a month-long anti-pollution drive of the Delhi government.

Government is working to make Pollution Under Control (PUC) monitoring centres to function on a real-time basis, which would avoid manual interference particularly with regards to tampering of data and willful mis-reporting, officials said.

According to a senior government official, the process will not only help in keeping a check on polluting vehicles but also curb tampering of PUC certificate record issued by monitoring centres.

"We are working on a software which will link all the PUC centres with a central server. At present PUC certificate is issued at these centres at the petrol pumps. Most of the time data on emission is tampered with and a certificate is issued.

"Once it is linked with central server then the emissions data of vehicles will directly get uploaded on the central server. The record will be checked and if it id under permissible limit, the central server will issue the PUC certificate," Transport Minister Gopal Rai told PTI.

The senior official said, government will also check all PUC centres for equipment, workforce and licence to operate. The absence of any of these will lead to cancellation of licences.

Transport Department will conduct special drive to ensure proper implementation of Pollution Under Control (PUC) norms.

In another move to check the air quality, Delhi government during the Budget Session had announced to impose congestion fee on goods vehicles entering Delhi, identifying them as major contributor to air pollution in the national capital.

As per the fee structure, entry charges for tempo (light commercial vehicle) will be Rs 100, four-wheeled trucks Rs 500, six-wheeled trucks Rs 750, ten-wheeled trucks Rs 1,000 and fourteen-wheeled trucks Rs 1,500