Pollution control: Public put to inconvenience in Raipur
Raipur, March 17: The common public mainly the two-wheelers and four wheelers are being put to inconvenience in name of following the Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal order to control pollution.
Chhattisgarh Transport department, Traffic police, district administration in a joint action had commenced imposing fine on the vehicles without Pollution under Control (PUC) stickers of pollution test. Preparation to undertake such massive drive and action is missing at the ground level.
One of the major problems has been that no proper communication to the public was given and information regarding the pollution control testing centres was given out of major number are non-functional.
RTI Activists Association President Sanjay Thakur said that if the administration is keen on taking action, first it should take action against all the government department vehicles even used by the officials which generate more pollution than the normal private vehicles. Then the police department should check its vehicles and fix the PUC stickers, before taking any action against the common man.
He alleged that natural justice is denied to the common man by imposing dictatorial orders. There is inadequate number of pollution testing centres as compared to the number of vehicles present in the Raipur, capital city.
With the action being taken without any intimation, those going to office, schools and colleges even those going for attending the examinations are being held up for hours. Who will be responsible for the students unable to attend the examination on time, he pointed out.
Congress spokesperson Rajesh Bissa said, “First action should be taken against the government vehicles which are plying without fitness certificates for more than three to five years. The government vehicles should be kept out of the roads, without any of these certificates including the fitness and PUC.”
In name of implementing the court orders and the hefty fine being imposed, Sanjay Thakur and Rajesh Bissa alleged that in name of checking, the traffic and police department is putting the public to trouble.
They pointed out that even if license is issued to 59 centres out of which 28 are functional, and then also it is insufficient when compared to the number of vehicles existing in Raipur city itself.
They said that the pollution level testing centre operator would also not be able to cater to such a large number of vehicles, even if a day he tests around 100-120 vehicles, even if it is around 200, as the validity period of certificate is just 6 months, again he would have a load of new and old vehicles which had undergone the tests. So, one customer has to wait for hours to undergo the test. So the number of centres should be more than the present numbers.
With the city expanded to outer parts, a villager coming from outer parts of city will face the fine, when there is no centre to check pollution on this route, they said.
Thakur said that administration should taken proactive steps for providing more pollution testing centres on different routes so that people can go for tests and can also go for mobile set up so that the licensee can place his vehicle for the public at convenient place.
One of the government employees on condition not to reveal the identity said that as there is shortage of testing centres, one by one in our office is taking leave for a day, so that they can stand in queue for the pollution test. One has to stand for hours in hot sun. It is a gruelling experience.
Rajesh Bissa pointed out that police and district administration should also take stern action against the public and private transport vehicles which are playing without the requisite documents even of fitness and pollution control. Why the administration is failing to put control over the overloading of vehicles including the buses and auto-rickshaws, which are carrying passengers more than the capacity.
Sanjay Thakur said that administration should provide ample time for the public giving a time-limit with a warning that within specified period, the testing can be undertaken after which action would be taken.
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