Al­most 20 yrs on, MC yet to get RCS for its 27 ve­hi­cles

District trans­port of­fi­cer says a ve­hi­cle that did not have a reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate can’t ply on road

HT Ludhiana Live - - In&&around - Ar­jun Sharma ar­jun.sharma@hin­dus­tan­ LUD­HI­ANA:

Al­most two decades af­ter the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion bought 27 ve­hi­cles, it is yet to get reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates (RC) for them.

It is sur­pris­ing that the civic body, which im­poses mul­ti­ple taxes on the city res­i­dents, it­self has failed to pay road tax for 27 ve­hi­cles, most of which were bought around 19 years ago.

This in­for­ma­tion came to light af­ter an RTI ac­tivist Ravi Sharma filed an ap­pli­ca­tion in this re­gard with the MC. As per the of­fi­cial re­ply from the work­shop wing of the MC, the civic body has failed to get RCs for its 27 ve­hi­cles.

While most of th­ese ve­hi­cles were pur­chased dur­ing 1994 and 1997, oth­ers were pur­chased in 1992, 1997 and 1998. A jet­ting ma­chine was even pur­chased in 2007.

“At the time when th­ese ve­hi­cles were pur­chased, it was the duty of the wings con­cerned to get th­ese ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered. How­ever, now the work­shop of the MC gets all new ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered,” said Ra­jin­der Singh, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer ( XEN), work­shop wing of MC.

“Ev­ery new ve­hi­cle gets a tem­po­rary RC that is valid up to one month. Af­ter that if a per­ma­nent RC is not formed, the ve­hi­cle is con­sid­ered to be il­le­gal,” said Anil Ku­mar Garg, district trans­port of­fi­cer (DTO).

He said a ve­hi­cle that did not have an RC af­ter one month could not ply on roads.

“I will take up this mat­ter with the MC com­mis­sioner,” said Garg.

Reg­is­tra­tion of a ve­hi­cle is im­por­tant to get the in­for­ma­tion about its owner among other de­tails. Reg­is­tra­tion of a ve­hi­cle is done at the district trans­port of­fice. How­ever, MC has been run­ning 27 ve­hi­cles il­le­gally.

Most of th­ese ve­hi­cles are Swaraj trac­tors and tip­pers. There are a to­tal of three Tata 407, one skylift, six tip­pers, two jet­ting machines, two JCB machines and 13 trac­tors that do not have an RC.

While some of th­ese ve­hi­cles be­long to the hor­ti­cul­ture wing of the MC, oth­ers are used by the op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance (O&M) wing.

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