MC to put breaks on 27 un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Ar­jun Sharma lud­hi­ana@hin­dus­tan­times.com LUD­HI­ANA:

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion of Lud­hi­ana has de­cided to stop ply­ing of 27 un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles on roads that do not have reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates (RC) for the past nearly two decades.

The de­ci­sion has come in the wake of re­ports of the 27 dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles that were bought by the MC sev­eral years back that were run­ning with­out reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates.

The district trans­port of­fi­cer (DTO) had also sent the as­sis­tant district trans­port of­fi­cer ( ADTO) to the MC of­fice to ver­ify the pa­pers of the ve­hi­cles.

How­ever, af­ter the of­fi­cials came to know that th­ese ve­hi­cles had not been reg­is­tered for the past nearly 20 years, they were sur­prised and told the MC that th­ese could not be plied on roads of the city with­out a reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cates.

The mat­ter also came be­fore MC com­mis­sioner RK Verma who asked the work­shop of the MC to stop ply­ing th­ese ve­hi­cles.

Ra­jin­der Singh, ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer of the work­shop of MC, said, "Most of the ve­hi­cles are al­ready not in a state to run. But the rest that are at present ply­ing will be brought to the work­shop and kept here only."

He said that when th­ese ve­hi­cles were pur­chased the reg­is­tra­tion was sup­posed to be done by the re­spec­tive wing of the MC. " Now the­work­shop pur­chases the ve­hi­cles and reg­is­ters them. I had asked ear­lier that reg­is­tra­tion of all ve­hi­cles were nec­es­sary but some­how th­ese were not reg­is­tered," said Singh.

The con­tro­versy started when a city res­i­dent filed an ap­pli­ca­tion un­der the RTI Act, seek­ing the num­ber of un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles with the MC.

There are a to­tal of three Tata 407, one sky lift, six tip­pers, two jet­ting machines, two JCB machines and 13 trac­tors that do not have RCs.

Most of th­ese ve­hi­cles be­long to the hor­ti­cul­ture wing of the MC and some to the Op­er­a­tion and Main­te­nance (O&M) wing.

In­ter­est­ingly, now even th­ese ve­hi­cles can­not be put on auc­tion.

On the other hand, if the MC now plans to reg­is­ters th­ese ve­hi­cles the penalty would be more than the cost of the ve­hi­cles.

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