The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled saying that to renew vehicle insurance, residents of the Delhi-NCR region must mandatorily produce a Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate.
Justice MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta raised this new order while hearing a case about the growing air pollution in the region.
However, the Union Ministry of Transport argued that the two requirements mentioned above (PUC Certificate and Insurance) cannot be merged as vehicle insurance is a yearly affair where as a pollution certificate has to be renewed at a shorter interval.
Countering the same argument, Aparajita Singh, a judge who is assisting the court on behalf of the Environment Pollution [Prevention and Control] Authority (EPCA), said that a vehicle owner should produce the last four, or at least two pollution certificates to renew the vehicle insurance.
Also, the Supreme Court directed the government to monitor pollution testing centres on a regular basis. The court asked authorities to issue specifications of the type of equipment being used at these centres so that violators can have strict action taken against them.
Air pollution is a growing concern in the capital region, and strict measures need to be taken to curb it. While making pollution certificates mandatory to renew insurance is a welcoming move, the same could be made mandatory for the entire country. As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure.