BEST, state road corp remove illegal beacons atop officials’ vehicles I-T dept cracks down on PAN-less transactions
By 2022, thirty lakh commuters could have the option of getting on an airconditioned (AC) train between Bandra and Virar, at fares that could start as low as Rs19.
A trip between Bandra and Andheri could cost you Rs28, Bandra to Borivli will be Rs42 and Bandra to Virar, Rs68.
The fares were proposed in a detailed project report that has been sent to the railway ministry for approval. The report also details the cost of the project — estimated at Rs19,502 crore.
The Bandra-Virar corridor is part of the Churchgate-Virar elevated rail project. “The objective is to reduce congestion on existing suburban trains. With the Metro III (between Colaba and Seepz), the traffic between Churchgate and Seepz will reduce. The Bandra-Virar corridor can be used by those travelling to Virar,” said a railway official.
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking have removed the beacons atop the vehicles of officials not entitled to use them.
MSRTC removed amber beacons from the official cars of its vice-chairman and managing director Ranjitsingh Deol and financial advisor and chief auditor Eknath More. BEST’s general manager Jagdish Patil also removed the beacon atop his vehicle.
Hindustan Times had, through several reports starting July 12, pointed out how most of the ministers and bureaucrats were flouting beacon rules set up by the government two years ago.
MSRTC sources said after HT’s reports, Deol checked with the rules with the Motor Vehicle Department. He then directed the department concerned to remove the beacons from the cars used by him and his colleagues. “Yes, we have removed beacons from official vehicles,” Deol said. BEST’s public relations officer Hanumant Gophane also confirmed their general manager has stopped using the amber beacon that he used to keep covered. Patil has been given a new vehicle. “The new car does not have a beacon,” he said.
Many state government bureaucrats, however, are still flouting the rules. According to RTO sources, transport minister Diwakar Raote’s personal secretary Sudhir Tungar, who is not even entitled to use a government vehicle, is still using one with a blue beacon.
The income tax department on Thursday asked all those who have carried out high-value transactions without quoting their PAN details to come clean and own up, or face action.
The tax department has collated 9 million such transactions from 2009 till now where people have not disclosed their PAN details. Of these, about 100,000 transactions have been found to be worth around Rs1 crore each.
Under current rules, hotel bills above Rs50,000, property deals worth more than `30 lakh, cash deposits of more than Rs10,00,000 in savings bank account and air tickets and tour package bills worth more than Rs50,000 come under “high-value” transactions that require mandatory quoting of the PAN details.
Permanent account number (PAN) is a unique 10-digit alpha-numeric code allotted to tax payers. The tax department will first issue 7 lakh letters to people who have carried out about 1.4 million “non-PAN” transactions. The tax department will first issue 7 lakh letters to people who have carried out about 1.4 million “nonPAN” transactions.