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PATNA: State transport department on Sunday instructed the owners of all petrol stations and service centres of automobile companies to make arrangements to issue pollution under control (PUC) certificate to vehicle owners. The decision has been taken following huge rush of vehicle owners at pollution testing centres across the state since the amended Motor Vehicle Act 2019 came into force on September 1. Transport secretary Sanjay Kumar Agarwal said notices will be issued to the petrol stations and service centres if they failed to make provisions for pollution check of vehicles. “We will direct district authorities concerned to ensure that arrangements are made within two months,” he told this newspaper. At present, there are around 500 pollution testing centres in state, including 98 in Patna district. Around 111 testing centres were shut down for several reasons. Total 269 such centres have been made online across the state, including 55 in Patna. No-pollution certificates are being issued online at these centres. Earlier in January 2018, the department had directed the petrol stations to start pollution testing centres, but only 70 stations are having this facility till date. There are, however, 2,550 petrol stations belonging to three oil marketing companies in Bihar . Agarwal said the directive had been issued by the department following the Supreme Court order. “This time, we will strictly implement it as people are finding it difficult to find the PUC centres. Action will be initiated against petrol stations for non- compliance of the order,” he said. Apart from this, the department will set up more than 150 pollution testing centres in Bihar within the next six months. Instructions have been given to open at least one testing centre in every block. Meanwhile, people are seen making a beeline for pollution testing centres to get the PUC certificate . Tanweer, an official at a pollution testing centre near Golghar, said the steep hike in penalty has instilled fear in vehicle owners. “Earlier, they avoided the pollution test as the fine amount was less. But now, vehicle owners are following the rules,” he said. Uday Singh, a motorist and resident of Lodipur, said he got the PUC certificate after standing in a queue for more than an hour. “For five minute work, I had to spend almost an hour,” he complained. Ajay Kumar, an official at Kankerbagh’s pollution testing centre, said more than 200 people have been visiting his centre daily since the implementation of amended Act to get PUC certificates for their vehicles. “Before September 1, we received only 10-12 motorists per day for PUC certificate. So, the waiting time is also getting longer,” he said. Bhagalpur boy flouts norms, fined Rs 42k: A 15-year-old boy in Bhagalpur district was fined a whopping Rs 42,000 for violating traffic norms on Saturday. The boy is a resident of Chanakya Vihar near Bhagalpur town. The boy was caught near Court Chowk when he was on way to attend coaching classes. Motor vehicle inspector Vinay Shanker Tiwari and traffic police personnel were present at the spot when the boy was caught. The boy was fined Rs 42,000 on several charges, including underage driving (Rs 25,000), no helmet (Rs 1,000), lack of documents (Rs 5,000), no licence (Rs 5,000), triple-loading (Rs 1,000), disobedience of orders (Rs 2,000) and Rs 3,000 for other offences. “The vehicle has been seized as none turned up to ensure its release. The learner’s licence will not be issued to the boy now until he turns 25,” said a transport department official. Meanwhile, Patna divisional commissioner Anand Kishor on Sunday asked traffic SP D Amarkesh to suspend three police personnel who failed to discharge their duties of collecting fine from traffic violators. The suspended police personnel are sub-inspector Devpal Paswan and BMP-11 constables Pappu Kumar and Dilip Chandra Singh.
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