• Chandigarh: Not more than 3,000 CNG autos can move in Tricity

    At a time when the administration has stopped registration of petrol, diesel, CNG and LPG auto-rickshaws and is approving only e-rickshaws in a bid to check pollution and promote e-vehicles, as many as 1,000 CNG autos each from Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab will be allowed to ply in the Tricity on a reciprocal basis.

    The decision was taken in a meeting on the Tricity’s transport issues held under the chairmanship of UT adviser Manoj Parida on Tuesday. On allowing CNG autos, Parida said “such green vehicles” will be encouraged. He said the three authorities will share the data of the autos for police checking. Chandigarh has requested the Haryana government to open more CNG pumps in Panchkula to reduce the number of autos at pumps in the city, Parida said.

    According to the current agreement, the UT and Mohali allow only 500 autos each from both sides. Only 500 autos of Chandigarh registered with the Mohali administration can ply in Mohali. Likewise, the same number of autos of Mohali registered with Chandigarh can enter the city. However, autos bearing Haryana registration number are not allowed to enter Chandigarh for commercial and business purposes.

    The administration had recently submitted its action plan to the central government to control pollution. The UT had said it has already launched an extensive drive against polluting vehicles and prepared a plan to widen roads and improve infrastructure to decongest roads.

    The ministry road transport and highways had suggested initiatives to promote electric vehicles, like waiving of toll charges and parking charges for them and issuing green registration number plates. The government has already framed a National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, aiming at promoting hybrid and electric vehicles in the country.

    6,000 autorickshaws registered with STA

    A senior official of the State Transport Authority (STA) confirmed the UT is not registering petrol, diesel, CNG and LPG autos and only e-rickshaws.

    At present, there are 6,000 autos registered with the STA. The STA renews registration of autos only after fitness inspection mandatory after every two years. Every auto owner has to renew the vehicle’s permit after every five years at a cost of Rs 5,000. A sum of Rs 300 is the fitness inspection fee after every two years for the first eight years and then after every year for the next seven years. An auto can run on the roads in Chandigarh for a maximum period of 15 years.

    According to the administration, a maximum of 6,000 autos registered with the STA can ply on Chandigarh roads. At present, nearly 3,000 autos are eligible for running in Chandigarh as others have not renewed their fitness inspection certificates and permits. A majority of them, who did not come for renewal of fitness inspection certificates and permits, were diesel-operated autos.

    Other officials present in the meeting included A K Singla, secretary, transport, Chandigarh; K Shiva Prasad, principal secretary, transport, Punjab; Umashanker, additional secretary, transport, Chandigarh; Shashank Anand, SSP (traffic), UT.

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