Noida: The district magistrate on Wednesday directed transport officials in Noida to ensure installation of more devices for diesel vehicles at pollution under control (PUC) checking centres .

TOI had reported on Tuesday that PUC checking centres across Noida have been refusing to examine diesel vehicles and the ones that are doing are allegedly overcharging. While PUC check was being done for petrol vehicles without commuters having to wait in long queues, those with diesel vehicles had to wait for around five hours at the few centres .

The primary reason is that there are two separate devices for checking petrol and diesel vehicles and most centres had kept only the petrol vehicle checking devices, since the demand for diesel vehicles has been low. While there are over 5.16 lakh registered petrol vehicles in Noida, only 95,000 diesel vehicles ply on the roads.

"We need more centres to keep diesel PUC devices to meet the rising demand. Most centres did not install the machine as the rules were not strict and many people did not get their PUC certificates renewed timely. But, there's a higher demand after the implementation of the amended Motor Vehicles Act," said B N Singh, district magistrate.

RTO officials also conducted drives at several PUC centres to check if they were overcharging and whether PUC checking devices were installed as per norms. "Over 50 PUC centres have been checked. We've told the operators legal action will be taken against people if they are overcharging or refusing to check a vehicle, despite having equipment. We'll check list of centres on Thursday that are registered to have both kinds of devices but are using only one and take action against them," said AK Pandey, ARTO.

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