Ludhiana: How efficiently pollution testing stations (PTS) are functioning in the city has been exposed in a sting operation conducted by Daily Post. The exposure has put a question mark on the functioning of these stations even when the city is heading to become a Smart City after it got listed in the list of Smart Cities across the country. Figured in the list of the most polluted city of the country on fourth rank, the industrial city Ludhiana witnesses all time high level pollution being caused by the vehicles. Though the city is waiting to be tagged as ‘smart’ with its inclusion in the Smart Cities list of the country and the state and Central governments doing tireless efforts to make it worth living yet it seems that pollution level is not going below due to the inaction of the authorities of the concerned departments.
Enquiries conducted by Daily Post reveal that Pollution Testing Stations (PTS) are issuing certificates even to the vehicles which discharge emissions of smoke and vapour etc. to even three or four times more than that of the specified one. This practice is quite normal with these centers which results in the pollution level of the city further increasing. Several of these Pollution Testing Stations are making bucks rather than to follow the norms set to check the pollution level of the motor vehicles. A big scam of these Pollution Testing Stations came into light when a ‘sting operation’ was done to, check these pollution check centers. Most of these pollution check centers were not having the instruments/ apparatus/machines needed for checking of the pollution level of the vehicles. Each and every motor vehicle, which comes on the road, is liable to get certified its emission of smoke, vapour etc. to the standard norms. Section 115 of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, clearly specifies that up to what standard, the motor vehicles are allowed mass emission.
The certificate issued under the sub-rule (7) remains effective and valid throughout the country. A 4-stroke petrol-driven Hero Honda Splender Plus motorcycle bearing registration number PB10-DR -8676 was brought to a PTS, situated at Cemetery Road, Civil Lines, Ludhiana at 4.38 pm on June, 20. Certificate was issued with ‘mass of Hydrocarbons (HC) 3.5 grams per KWH, 4500 nHexan and 1137 Hexan’. The surprising and notable fact in the certification was that, no apparatus or machine was there with which this emission checked. Then only after 7 minutes short span, the same vehicle was driven to a PTS at Link Road, Model Town, Ludhiana. The centre issued the owner a certificate valid for the same six months period charging fee and mentioning “3.5 per cent emission”. No check machine or apparatus was available there too. After a gap of next 20 minutes, the same motorcycle was brought to a pollution testing station, situated on the Pakhowal road, at 5.05 pm.
Here too, emission was mentioned in the certificate as 3.5 per cent. But again to the utter surprise, the certificate was issued without checking the pollution level of the vehicle with some apparatus. At all the above three Pollution Testing Stations, the certificates of clearance with a bit same volume of emissions of smoke and vapor etc. were issued without taking the vehicle to any machine which could specify the volume. Then that, motorcycle No.PB10-DR-8676 was driven to the pollution testing station on Ferozepur Road, opposite Milk Plant where the pollution level of the bike was perfectly checked with the machine. Center issued a certificate of clearance to the vehicle, with the specified emissions smoke and vapour. It read 3.500, 1.695, 4500 and 1003 Hexan, respectively.
WHAT THE RULES of Central Motor Vehicles SAY?
According to sub-section 115 (2) ( b) of the Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, which clarify the volume of emission of smoke, vapour etc., from motor vehicles, on and from the commencement of the Central Motor Vehicles (7th amendment) Rules, 2001, every motor vehicle shall comply with the standards namely:- (a) Idling CO (Carbon Monoxide) emission limit for all two-wheeler and three-wheeler vehicles operating on (i) Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG), Petrol or (ii) Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Petrol shall not exceed 4.5 per cent volume.
NORMS SET BY DTO FOR AUTHORISING PTSs
At the time of issuing the Letter of Intent for authorisation as Pollution Testing Station, as many as 22 terms and conditions are given to be followed. One of the conditions says the authorised testing station shall deploy the authorised pollution testing personnel to undergo training by the manufacturers’ pollution checking equipment. The authorised pollution testing station shall subject the instrument for periodic inspection of the exhaust gas, analysing smoke meter by the authorised officers of the department of Transport. The instrument, if on inspection, would not confirm to the standards calibrated values, the officer may suspend the pollution center’s activities by the center till the instrument is rectified and calibrated to the satisfaction of the officer of the Department of Transport for further pollution check.
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