A Division bench of Karnataka High Court led by Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Mohammed Nawaz heard and disposed of a Public Interest Litigation filed by E N Raghavenra and M B Nagaraja. The petition was filed in the year 2017 which highlighted the main issue of emission testing centers indulging in irregularities in checking emission levels that eventually leads to setting up of pollution norms.
The Karnataka State Transport Department has in response to this petition filed a status report in the court indicating that criminal cases were registered against nine emission testing centers which were found in violation of norms and subsequently licenses of six of them were cancelled. Further the report stated that there were a total of 894 emission testing centers in the state in which 395 were in Bengaluru city. In the year 2018, 650 of these centers were checked and action was initiated against 84 of them.
Further 244 emission centers were checked this year in which penal action was taken against 46 centers which were found violating the norms set under the Karnataka Motor Vehicle Rules. Also it stated that as of now there were 1020 computerized emission centers that are functioning and are following due procedures. The Court observed all this and directed the State Transport Department to ensure that Vehicle emission testing centers don’t indulge in acts of illegality or irregularities for issuing of certificates as they play an important role in controlling Air Pollution in the state.
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