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Mattancherry: While Kochi is struggling to cope with the pollutants in the air owing to the Brahmapuram plant fire, the Mattancherry police are busy penalising vehicle owners lacking pollution certificate.
The action from the officials comes at a time when the air quality level has deteriorated considerably in Kochi, and people are avoiding public places. At this juncture, the Mattancherry police charge Rs 500 for vehicles lacking Pollution Under Control Certificate (PUC). If someone questions police action, the officials will direct them to pay at least Rs 250 to avoid further legal action. On Sunday, police similarly fined vehicles in Koovapadam near Mattancherry.
The vehicle owners alleged they are being subjected to regular inspections in Mattancherry, Fort Kochi, Palluruthy, and Kumbalangi areas. They added that often police officers abruptly stop them by jumping in front of their vehicles. Locals complained that police are more interested in collecting fines than addressing traffic congestions in Mattancherry and Fort Kochi regions.