In New Delhi: In order to reduce the city’s growing pollution levels, the Delhi government has issued a fine of Rs 20,000 for disobeying its order prohibiting the use of polluting vehicles. The police officers noted that frequent inspections will be conducted by specialized monitoring teams to catch the violators.
The usage of all BS-II and BS-IV cars as well as the entry of diesel trucks into the city were prohibited under state IV of the Graded Response Action Plan, with the exception of those transporting vital goods or offering essential services.
Due to the city’s poor air quality, the Commission for Air Quality Management’s anti-pollution measures have been chosen to be implemented (CAQM). Accordingly, those who violate the Motor Cars Act’s ban on specific vehicles would be subject to a fine of Rs 20,000 “said a senior official.
According to the Delhi Transport Department’s decision, only CNG and electric trucks will be permitted entry into the city. Except for those transporting vital goods or offering essential services, Delhi-registered medium and heavy freight vehicles are not permitted. Additionally, it will be unlawful for BS-III gasoline and BS-IV diesel light motor vehicles to operate in any places governed by the NCT of Delhi.
There are 3 lakh diesel light motor vehicles in Delhi that are not BS-VI compliant, according to an official assessment.
Additionally, the city administration will take stricter action against automobiles that do not possess a current Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate. To catch the violators, traffic officials have increased the frequency of both random and targeted inspections. They also cautioned the drivers that if they choose not to renew their PUCs, their car registration might be suspended. Vehicle owners who do not possess a current PUC certificate may be subject to a fine of up to Rs 10,000, a jail sentence of up to six months, or both in accordance with Motor Vehicle Act Section 190(2).
On Saturday, the city’s air quality was classified as “severe.” In Delhi, the transportation industry is responsible for almost 30% of the PM2.5 emissions as well as 80% of the nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide emissions.
Despite improvements, Delhi’s air quality is still extremely poor, and a survey found that 4 out of 5 families in Delhi-NCR have illnesses connected to pollution.
IGI airport was at 397, ITO was at 411, Okhla was at 425, Pusa was at 416, RK Puram was at 446, Wazirpur was at 449, and Vivek Nagar was at 440.
The same category was found for areas in the NCR, including Noida (529), Gurugram (478), and Dhirpur (534).
On Friday, at least 13 air quality monitoring stations had an AQI of over 450, placing them in the “severe” category, which was recorded by almost all of them. At 2 pm on Friday, Delhi’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) was 447.
The lung-damaging PM2.5 particles had a concentration of over 470 micrograms per cubic meter. This exceeds the safe limit of micrograms per cubic meter by eight times.