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No fuel without Pollution Certificate in Delhi from THIS date, Arvind Kejriwal govt's BIG step

The mandate of presenting PUC certificate at Petrol pumps has been presented to curb rising air pollution caused by vehicles in Delhi and will be implemented in national capital from October 25, reports IANS.

No fuel without Pollution Certificate in Delhi from THIS date, Arvind Kejriwal govt's BIG step

The AAP government said that refueling at petrol pumps in the national capital will not be possible without a Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate from October 25. Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said that a notification in this regard would also be issued soon. He said that a meeting of officials from the environment, transport, and traffic departments was convened on September 29 to discuss the implementation and modalities where it was decided to go ahead with the plan from October 25.

"In a bid to curb vehicular pollution, the government in Delhi has decided that petrol and diesel will not be provided without PUC certificate at petrol pumps in the national capital from October 25", Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai said here.

The minister further said no proposal for odd and even is being considered by the Government this time. But, the government is focussing on the GRAP formula, which will be applicable on an AQI basis.

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He also said that the Delhi government will launch its 24X7 war room on October 3 to combat pollution and ensure effective and serious implementation of the amended Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP).

"If the AQI remains between 200-300, then as per GRAP, strict compliance will be taken on the dust generation from the construction, waste management and order can be issued to stop the generator set", Rai said, addressing the media.

He further elaborated that if the AQI goes between 300-400 levels, a ban on the tandoor and diesel set will be imposed, and parking fee will have to be increased along with riding the metro trips.

Vehicles coming from outside will be banned if AQI goes 400-500, and the big vehicles of Delhi will be closed, he added. If AQI goes more than 450, more strict steps will be taken, said Rai, adding that there is no consideration of the odd-even formula now. The minister said that an anti-dust campaign would also be launched in Delhi from October 6, where sudden inspections will be conducted at construction sites to check the dust pollution.

With inputs from IANS

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