23 September 2019
Bhubaneswar: Online pollution testing certificate will be mandatory in Odisha from 1st October this year, the State Transport Authority (STA) said in a tweet on Monday.
The Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate fee for 2 & 3 wheelers has been fixed at Rs.60, Light motor vehicle - Rs 100, medium & heavy motor vehicle - Rs.150 (GST extra).
The STA tweeted:
Online pollution testing certificate mandatory from 1st Oct, 2019. The PUC certificate fee for 2 & 3 wheelers - Rs.60, Light motor vehicle - Rs.100, medium & heavy motor vehicle - Rs.150 (GST extra). List of pollution testing centers with detail procedure: https://t.co/EPw8irWO4w pic.twitter.com/Et9cE9hzgJ— STA Odisha (@STAOdisha) September 23, 2019
The notification issued by the STA says: "…. the emission results obtained during pollution testing shall be electronically uploaded through online process in VAHAN from 1st April, 2019. But, the implementation of the notification was extended upto 01.10.2019 due to lack of infrastructures of Pollution Testing Centres (PTC) in the State of Odisha. So that, the PTC would be well equipped and would be in readiness to cater to the huge demand for testing of vehicles for issuing PUC certificates. However, no PUC certificate will be accepted without being issued through VAHAN on or after 01.10.2019."
The STA notification adds that manual certificates issued by PTC after 30.09.2019 will be treated as invalid.
The STA notification further says that PUC certificates issued online can be shown in electronic form through mParivahan app and it is not mandatory for the citizens to carry the certificate in physical form as per the provisions of Information Technology Act, 2000.
Meanwhile, the STA has again tweeted that vehicle owners will continue to get relaxation upto 1st December as announced by the Chief Minister and the the manual PUC certificates issued before 30.9.2019 will remain valid.
The STA tweeted:
Vehicle owners will continue to get relaxation upto 1st December as announced by Hon'bl CM. Pollution Testing Centres can not issue manual certificates from 1st October. Citizens will have the option to show the online certificate in mParivan APP in place of physical document. https://t.co/ETTU65J9QM— STA Odisha (@STAOdisha) September 23, 2019