The city of lakes and its residents are fed up of being victimized at the hands of the vehicles emitting out Co2 in bulk quantity thus resulting in air pollution. As per section 190(2) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1989 it is mandatory for every vehicle owner to carry a valid Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC) and maintain in such a condition and shall be so driven so as to comply with the prescribed emission norms, violation of which shall make the owner liable to pay Rs. 1,000 as fine. Looking towards the heritage, tourism and greenery of Udaipur, it is slowly losing its charm and attraction for the tourists due to air pollution, the major cause of which is the smoke emitted by the vehicles. As per the figures provided by the Regional Transport Office, only 204 vehicles in the year 2011-12 were charged for not following the PUC mandates whereas 29 vehicles were challaned in previous month. The figures regarding the check points and issuing authorities for PUC are a total of 17, out of which 1 is mobile (in the Udaipur district). The scenario couldn’t be worse in the city which is called the Venice of East and Rajasthan’s Kashmir. UT did a survey on the roads of the lake city encountering 27 Udaipuriites, and the shocking fact is, none of them had a PUC.
Bhawin, 35, says, “If a traffic policeman stops, he just asks for license and insurance, I have never heard of this PUC thing”. Jitendra Singh, Regional Transportation Officer, Udaipur, said, “We are checking the vehicles year long. We just have seven teams throughout the district. With the same man power we have to look out for roads, boats, revenue targets, office duties as well as public dealings. It is obvious to miss out on some opportunities. We are making are the best possible efforts despite of the lack of facilities we have”. On the other hand, City’s traffic police seem to be standing up straight with better results than the RTO department. As per Narayan Singh, CI Traffic, Udaipur, “In the current year, we have a total of 177 challans from January to September 27, 2012, collecting a revenue of Rs 1,40,450.” As per RTO data, the penalty fee for several vehicles is as follows:
- Two wheelers – Rs. 250
- Auto Rickshwas – Rs. 500
- Other vehicles – Rs. 1000