25 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Despite Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announcing a relaxation in enforcement of 'pollution under control certificate' (PUC) norm for vehicles for a period of three months beginning September 1, long serpentine queues have been observed at Pollution Testing Centres (PTC) here.
While most people expressed their resentment about insufficient number of PTCs as compared to the number of vehicles in the city, many felt that the government should have evenly located these centres across the city and given it a thorough publicity.
Most of the vehicle owners felt that the three months moratorium granted by the Chief Minister was not sufficient in view of the long queues at the PTCs.
What is surprising is that the city has only 24 PTCs as compared to the large number of vehicles plying on the city roads. Most PTCs have no fixed timings and operate on their whims encashing on the plight of the vehicle owners.
"They will close at 1 PM, look at the queue, I don't think my turn will come. I have come to this place all the way from Bhimtangi area. There is no such centre in our area and even Samantrapur and Ravi Talkies area," said a person waiting at a PTC to get a PUC for his vehicle.
He added grace period of three months is not sufficient and rush will continue as many do not have the online facility.
"Already one month is over since CM's announcement. Look at the rush and the long queue, the government needs to give more time to the people to comply with the norms and have sufficient infrastructure for the same," said another vehicle owner at a petrol bunk.
"They should keep open PTCs for more time. Look at the long queue but they are closing at 1 PM. Many have to go home dejected after standing in long queues for hours together," said a vehicle owner waiting for his turn at the petrol bunk near Raj Bhawan.
Moreover, a sense of confusion prevails among vehicle owners over the notification issued by the Transport department making online pollution testing certificate mandatory from October 1.
The State Transport Authority (STA), Odisha has again used micro blogging site twitter today to clarify the confusion.
Here’s the tweet:
As declared by Hon'ble CM, vehicle owners are advised to ready their documents including PUC certificate by end of Nov, 2019. From 1st Oct, 2019 issue of manual PUC certificate will stop & vehicle owners will get it online from PUC vendor. View your PUC validity in mParivahan app pic.twitter.com/oH51sx5Axy— STA Odisha (@STAOdisha) September 24, 2019