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Pollution checking centres give manipulated certificates
MVD in slumber, fails to check veracity of pollution certificates
5/18/2019 11:12:30 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, May 18: The Pollution Checking Centres (PCC) across the state have been involved in open fraud by providing manipulated pollution checking certificates to vehicle owners, thus jeopardizing the air quality of environmentally sensitive state.
According to sources most of the Pollution Checking Centres operating in the state have installed digital checking devices and issue the certificate with a screen-shot of the digital figures shown on the display screen.
"Even if someone wants a pollution certificate of a fresh bike from the pollution checking centre, the machine reading will not show normal reading and will fail the test", an official said, adding that even new vehicles failed the test and there was no question of old vehicles.
Sources further said that the PCC owners were aware of the fact and they got the certificates manipulated by manually feeding the genuine figures, to show the test passed. "Once a vehicle visited the PCC, not even a single was returned back without a certificate and the PCC owners easily give the certificates, which itself raised question over the veracity of the certificates", sources said.
An official said that most of the vehicle owners have the pollution certificates but despite then, Jammu city has been gaining notoriety for becoming one among most polluted cities. "Vehicle pollution contributes in big way in air-pollution but all concerned departments have adopted a silence over the matter and the officials are only interested to mint the money by hook or by crook and are least bothered about degrading environment of the state", the official said, adding that a mechanism must be evolved to check the veracity of the pollution-certificates, otherwise the air-quality of state would ultimately become hazardous, making the state unfit to live.
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