Over 50 % pollution check centers in JK ‘illegal’, authorities in slumber

Raising questions over the accountability and working of the state government, over 50 percent pollution checking centres across the state are running ‘illegally’, without obtaining necessary Calibration Certificate (CC) and Annual Maintenance Certificate (AMC’s).
In response to an RTI, over 60 Pollution Checking Centres in various areas of Jammu and Kashmir are running illegally and authorities hardly take action against them.
Sources revealed that it is a nexus between the officials of transport department and the owners of pollution checking centres and added that the illegal trade still continues to flourish with the official patronage of the officials from the office of Regional Transport Offices (RTO’s) and Assistant RTO’s (ARTO’s).
The documents obtained under Right to Information Act (RTI) from the office of Transport Commissioner revealed that the transport commissioner’s office has renewed authorization of many pollution checking centres upto 2015 to 2016, but on the other hand Calibration and AMC’s was received in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Some of the Pollution Checking Centres who have received AMC’s and Calibration certificates in 2011, 2012,2013 and 2014 are: Eem Gee Associates Satwari Chowk Jammu, Indian Institute of Driving, M/S Kathua Motors, National Garage Gangyal, Good Will Transport company Batmaloo Srinagar, JK Excavator Nowgam Srinagar, Qamar Automobiles Fruit Mandi Srinagar, Hassan Motors Sopore, Hitech Pollution checking centre Udhampur, Wadi Pollution Checking Centre Anantnag, Khan Pollution Checking centre Anantnag, Oberio Service Centre Narwal, Devidas Gopal Krishan Pollution checking centre Narwal, Janta Motors Ravidas Mandir Jammu, Iqbal PCC Nagbal Ganderbal, Delhi Motors Dumail Udhampur and many more.
Pertinently on Nov 23, 2013, a detailed report on pollution checking Centers providing pollution certificate to vehicles without proper checking in Jammu. The report had revealed that there are 31 Pollution Checking centres in Jammu province, which check the vehicle with their equipment, and charge a nominal amount from the customers. But as on date, most of the Pollution checking centres are issuing certificates without checking the vehicle and the same is authenticated by traffic police.
Munish Gupta, owner of a diesel car said that he visited a pollution checking centre at Gandhi Nagar, left his car start for pollution check, but the man sitting there has not even stood from his chair. He clicked the picture, filled the details and gave him (Munish Gupta) the print out of PUC certificate.
Despite regular check by the Traffic department in Jammu and Srinagar, many vehicles, especially commercial vehicles can be seen emitting lot of smoke causing pollution.
Traffic cop at Narwal area, wishing anonymity said that there is hardly any commercial vehicle which is without PUC, “but physically we can see the violation”, he added.

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