1,236 ve­hi­cles rot­ting at city po­lice sta­tions: RTI query

The ve­hi­cles, seized by cops in the past five years, have turned into junk

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There are 1,236 ve­hi­cles seized by the po­lice that are rot­ting at the po­lice sta­tions be­cause of lack of space. The po­lice said they are work­ing on plans to shift them to a dump­ing ground in a few months.

A large num­ber of ve­hi­cles can be seen out­side po­lice sta­tions in the city, rust­ing and gath­er­ing dust. Not only have they be­come eye­sores but also a health haz­ard.

The fig­ure of the num­ber of ve­hi­cles in such a state has come to light fol­low­ing an in­quiry by Kharghar based RTI ac­tivist Ravi Sri­vas­tava. The fig­ures are only of a zone I area from Airoli to CBD Belapur as the in­for­ma­tion from zone II is still awaited.

Sri­vas­tava said, “The po­lice seize the ve­hi­cles which are ei­ther stolen, in­volved in ac­ci­dents or used in any crime or seized from the ac­cused.”

He said: “The ve­hi­cles have been parked on the po­lice sta­tion premises for a num­ber of years as the po­lice may have to pro­duce them in the court, when­ever the cases come up.”

He added that the ve­hi­cles have turned into pieces of junk over the years.

“Th­ese ve­hi­cles are hardly of any ev­i­dence any­more. Slowly and grad­u­ally vi­tal parts of the ve­hi­cles start dis­ap­pear­ing. Th­ese in­clude bat­tery, spark plugs, car­bu­ret­tors and oth­ers which are not vis­i­ble from the out­side,” said Sri­vas­tava.

He said the RTI query re­vealed that the Vashi ACP divi­sion has 366 ve­hi­cles dumped at the po­lice sta­tions. Th­ese in­clude 186 twowheel­ers, 121 four-wheel­ers, 41 au­torick­shaws and 18 com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. In Turbhe ACP divi­sion, there are 870 ve­hi­cles — 361 twowheel­ers, 38 au­tos, 339 four-wheel­ers and 132 com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles. “A to­tal of 1,236 ve­hi­cles are rot­ting in the zone I area,” he said.

The RTI ac­tivist said: “The sta- tis­tics is of ve­hi­cles seized dur­ing past five years from 2011 to 2015. There could be more ve­hi­cles seized ear­lier.”

Ma­hesh Lal, a Vashi res­i­dent, said: “The ve­hi­cles are oc­cu­py­ing space on pub­lic land. Be­sides, even as there are drives for Swachch mis­sion, the ve­hi­cles in the open have be­come breed­ing ground for mos­qui­toes.”

Sri­vas­tava said the po­lice need to take req­ui­site per­mis­sions and scrap the ve­hi­cles. “The scrap should be re­cy­cled and the pro­ceeds should be re­tained by the po­lice,” he added.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Ve­hi­cles dumped on the premises of Nerul po­lice sta­tion.

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