Over 7,000 buses in and around Delhi challaned for violating pollution norms


New Delhi: The Delhi government has informed the State Assembly that over 7,000 buses, most of them from the neighbouring states, have been booked for flouting pollution norms. Challans were issued against 7,219 buses for not having valid pollution check (PUC) certificates from 2012-13 to February 2018. Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot told the Assembly that the highest number of buses (3,328) that were challaned for the lack of valid PUC certificates, came from Uttar Pradesh, followed by 2,064 from Rajasthan. 643 buses registered in Delhi were challaned for violating pollution norms during the period.According to the minister, action against buses causing pollution picked up manifold in last one year. A total of 5,086 buses were challaned for lacking valid PUC certificates, from 2017-till February this year. The number was quite low in the previous years – 244 in 2012-13, 216 in 2013-14, 506 in 2014-15, 189 in 2015-16 and 978 in 2016-17, he said in a written reply.On Friday, a massive dust storm, recorded at 81 km per hour, took the national capital by surprise. Normal life was thrown out of gear on Friday evening as the dust storm was followed by drizzle that brought down the temperature.he sudden change in weather led to the disruption of schedule of flights. Also, train services on the recently-opened Pink Line of the Delhi Metro remained affected for around two hours yesterday after a section of the overhead electrification (OHE) tripped on the downline. The Pink Line corridor, which connects Majlis Park station to Durgabai Deshmukh South Campus station, was opened on March 14


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