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Pollution certificate

Vehicles plying in Calcutta may soon get “pollution under control” (PUC) certificates for only three months instead of six.

“Based on a proposal of the environment department, we are considering a change in the current six-month PUC regime to a three-month one,” said T.K. Ganguly, the joint secretary of the transport department. Delhi and Mumbai have a three-month PUC regime. The official also said the government was planning to install three more remote-sensing pollution measurement stations on the fringe. Such stations automatically measure the pollution caused by a moving vehicle.

Ganguly, however, admitted that “hardly 20 per cent vehicles in the city take regular PUC certificates”.