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Link key to stop auto emission fraud

A taxi undergoes a pollution check

Mangoe Lane: The government will link all auto emission testing centres to a database to keep a check on fake pollution under control certificates.

If a person is found with a fake, fabricated or tampered certificate, the issuing centre would be shut down permanently, a transport department official said.

At least 66 centres in the city will be linked with e-Vahan through a National Informatics Centre (NIC) network to begin with.

"Engineers from the NIC has started connecting auto emission testing centres to the existing data bank of vehicles," the transport official said. "By April the work will be over in Calcutta."

Pollution check for vehicles, mostly commercial ones, has remained a perfunctory exercise with most vehicle owners opting for centres that help them fudge the certificates, the official said.

The department has received complaints about vehicles with certificates that show the same result from a particular testing centre over the years. The mandatory hologram on the certificate is attached later, the official said.

"Some centres issue digitally edited certificates by using data collected from non-polluting vehicles. We don't have enough inspectors to check how these centres are working," a public vehicles department officer said.

According to the plan, a fake or fabricated certificate would result in officers tracking down the issuing centre. The officers would check the machine that was used to test the vehicle. If it hasn't been tampered with, they would question the centre about the fake certificate.

"Action, including shutting down the centre permanently, will be taken based on the findings," the PVD officer said.

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