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Delhi traffic police tackle air pollution with crews at 170 locations

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Delhi traffic police have stepped up their crackdown on pollution violators and those still circulating in old vehicles with teams deploying to 170 locations in the city, officials said on Sunday. The crackdown was undertaken to carry out the municipal government’s winter action plan against increasing air pollution.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced at a meeting on Saturday emergency measures to deal with the pollution crisis the city is currently facing. The meeting was attended by senior traffic officials among officials from other departments. During the meeting, the CM called on all relevant departments, including traffic, to strictly apply the directives issued to reduce pollution.

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“We are already working on the winter action plan to reduce pollution. Since October in particular, our priorities have been to prosecute vehicles responsible for pollution offenses, said a senior Delhi traffic police official. We are impounding old diesel and gasoline vehicles and also checking vehicles for valid Pollution Control Certificates (PUCs), “the officer added. As part of his plan, the traffic police have deployed their teams. in several places where checks are carried out to see whether the vehicles have a valid PUC certificate or not.

“At each of the 170 locations identified through our roundabouts, we have deployed our teams to three different locations. These teams check whether a vehicle has a valid PUC certificate or not. Most of these places are located near gas pumps, where vehicles can be checked easily for such violations and at the same time drivers are advised to get the certificates immediately, ”the officer said. Joint Police (Traffic) Commissioner Manish Kumar Agarwal said the winter action plan was implemented with strict orders to traffic personnel to check polluting vehicles. “We take the problem of pollution very seriously. Strict instructions have been given to our traffic personnel to ensure that the level of pollution remains low and that our department is doing its best to protect our environment and ensure that our citizens breathe clean air, ”he added. said PTI. The traffic police have also deployed teams to 13 pollution hot spots to keep an eye on the level of pollution in these areas and relay information upstream for the necessary actions.

According to Delhi Traffic Police data, the force issued 59,644 challans for PUC certificate violations and 1,201 challans against those who were traveling in 10- and 15-year-old vehicles from Jan.1 to Oct.31 of this year. During the same period, it impounded 855 vehicles aged 10 or 15 years (depending on whether they were gasoline or diesel).

The winter action plan was implemented by traffic police last month, officials said. Police are taking action against large vehicles such as trucks, which run on uncovered building materials, as they are likely to mix with the air and contribute to air pollution.

Data showed that police arrested 873 such vehicles which were found carrying materials used in construction or for similar purposes without proper coverage. To further reduce vehicle pollution, the officer said vehicles that are not bound for Delhi are being diverted from the borders to peripheral highways.

“If a vehicle has to go to Azadpur Mandi, it will be allowed inside the city. But those who use the internal roads of the city to leave Delhi will not be authorized and diverted accordingly by our teams, said the officer. Since some of our borders are already blocked due to the agitation of the farmers, we don’t face a lot of problems and the vehicles use other roads anyway.

Officials said they are also trying to reduce traffic jams by asking people to drive in the lanes, and although this has its limits due to the high volume of traffic, they issue challans to violators. Data showed police sent challans to 1,623 vehicles not to follow their lanes. Police also rely on other means to reduce congestion, such as sounding a crowd alarm at a high-traffic area and asking commuters to take a detour route. They said Google Maps is already being used to identify congested areas and steps are being taken to reduce congestion on the city’s specific 77 main corridors. The traffic department also asked its ground staff to wear masks, gloves and ensure their own safety while dealing with deteriorating air quality in the nation’s capital.

First publication: STI

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