Automobile workshops should issue pollution certificates

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Believe it or not but pollution checking centers are providing no pollution certificates to vehicles without proper checking in Jammu. People find Pollution under Control (PUC) certificate, only a formality to get rid of traffic fines. There are 60 Pollution Check centres in Jammu province, which check the vehicle with their equipment, and charge a nominal amount from the customer.
But now days, many of the Pollution check centers are issuing certificates without checking the vehicles and thus, the drive to keep an eye on the pollution has turned out to be a cruel joke. Pollution-checking of automobiles is a very necessary aspect for environmental reasons.
But present system of installing pollution-checking-centres at select petrol-pumps and imposing fines for vehicles not having valid pollution-checking-certificates is not at all sufficient.
Pollution caused by automobiles can and should be effectively checked by making it compulsory for all registered automobile-workshops to install machines to provide pollution-checking-certificates. It may be made mandatory for each automobile workshop to compulsory check pollution of every vehicle each time vehicle goes to the automobile-workshop. Rather such pollution-checking-service and certificate can be provided free-of-cost by automobile-workshops because it is not very costly.
Presently if a vehicle fails in pollution-checking at pollution-checking-centre, then it has to be first taken to some automobile-workshop, and then again driven to pollution-checking-centre with cycle repeated till vehicle passes pollution-checking test. Already many Maruti-workshops are providing such service at their service-centres, a service which should be made compulsory for service-centres of all automobile-companies.
It will avoid corruption at some pollution-checking-centres which issue certificates to vehicles passed pollution-check after charging some ‘extra’ than the prescribed fees by Transport Department.
State government should also look into the practical suggestion to effectively check pollution caused by vehicles in Jammu and Kashmir.
It should not wait for the things to happen but take effective steps to bring the levels of pollution down across
the state.

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