Berhampur ITI to issue pollution certificates | Bhubaneswar News

Berhampur: Government-run Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Berhampur, will conduct pollution test of vehicles and issue pollution under control (PUC) certificates to owners. The commerce and transport department has granted authorisation to the ITI to conduct PUC test of vehicles to ease rush of vehicle owners, said an officer.
The ITI, Berhampur, might be first educational institute in the state to get authorisation from the government to conduct pollution test of the vehicles, said an ITI staffer. The permission has been granted for one year. “We will conduct pollution tests and issue PUC certificates soon,” said ITI principal Rajat Kumar Panigrahy.
“In a bid to meet the demand of the public, we had applied to the government, seeking permission for conducting smoke emission test of the vehicles,” he said. Apart from some staffers, students, particularly of automobile department, will do the work. This will help the students enhance their practical knowledge, he added.
Besides, the ITI will also conduct wheel alignment on its premises to help vehicle owners. “The wheel alignment would be conducted for limited vehicles with the help of students,” he added.
Regional transport officer (RTO) Sanjay Kumar Biswal said in a month, the government has issued permission to at least six persons and institutes in the district to open pollution testing centres. Government ITI is one of them. With this the number of pollution testing centres in the district has increased to 18, said an official source.
Opening of pollution testing centre at government ITI here assumes significance in the wake of the government’s decision to conduct strict check of vehicles under the new Motor Vehicle Act from December 1.
After ITI, Berhampur, got permission to open the pollution testing centre, some other institutes in the state have also applied for opening such centres. As there is a rush to obtain PUC certificates, the government is likely to grant them permission, an official said.

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