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Delhi Govt mulling heavy fines on polluting vehicles

Posted on Nov 12, 09:07PM | UNI

Delhi government is considering a proposal to crackdown on grossly polluting vehicles in the city wherein heavy fine amounting to Rs 2,000 may be imposed on the spot, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said today.

Ms Dikshit said her government is concerned about the reported pollution level in the city and occurrence of dense smog during the past week over the Capital city.

Discussing the issue in a meeting, she said the Cabinet while taking note of it, also expressed its concern and decided to get a study conducted by IIT Kanpur and the experts from Meteorological Department.

Ms Dikshit said there are certain natural causes apart from manmade causes.

'It is feasible to eliminate manmade causes by strict implementation of the existing rules and incorporate the new provisions,' she said.

In the meeting, it was suggested that the city government must go for crackdown on grossly polluting vehicles.

Transport Department and Delhi Police may be instructed to take action against grossly polluting vehicles and heavy fine amounting to Rs 2,000 may be imposed on the spot.

A proposal to this effect would be placed before the Cabinet.

It was also suggested that the stringent action including fine may at least be charged during the next three months of winter season.

Another suggestion related to non-entry of commercial vehicles not destined for Delhi as they add to the pollution levels. This is essential in view of the instructions of the Supreme Court. Delhi may also consider setting up check posts on its entry points on borders with the states of Haryana and UP.

It was also suggested that checking of all commercial vehicles may be undertaken at the check posts within the borders of UP and Haryana so that after due checking, the non-destined vehicle to Delhi are not allowed to enter in Delhi and are returned back.

It was decided to implement 'in true spirit' the ban on burning leaves and garbage.

Further, on the occasion of Diwali festival, the city government is conducting anti-firecrackers campaign with multi-pronged approach including advertisements in newspapers, appeal by the Chief Minister through FM Radios and campaign through Eco clubs.