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BENGALURU: An inspection on vehicles was conducted by the Joint Monitoring Committee officials at Cubbon Park over the past week. The checking was conducted in order to monitor the level of pollution emission.The routine check highlighted the fact that government vehicles turned out to be the worst polluters in the city.

Around 103 government vehicles were tested out of which 70 of them failed the test highlighting their bad maintenance. Within three days of tests, more than 500 cars without pollution filters were seized.

“It is shocking to find out that even the vehicles which showed more than 75%smoke density were not caught till now. These vehicles also did not own the pollution under control (PUC) certificates with them.” said Prathap Reddy, police officialwith the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

Responding to the allegation, Ganesh Manohar a BMTC driver, said “Diesel mixed with adulterants like kerosene is sold at different petrol bunks, and that is the reason for many of the vehicles to fail the test by KSPCB”

The state transport department has now announced that there will be frequent checking in the city and the vehicles without PUC certificate will be fined up to Rs.1000 – 2000.

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