Flooded with complaints about grameen sewas’ violating permit rules, the Delhi government has cracked a whip on its operators.
Grameen sewas are an alternative mode of transport running in the city.
Under a special drive launched by the transport department, it fined 186 vehicles between R100 to R5,000. In addition to this, the department also impounded 28 vehicles.
“These vehicles are meant to accommodate six persons, including the driver, but most operators overcrowd the vehicles in a bid to earn more money,” said a senior Delhi government official, adding, “We had been getting a lot of complaints from the traffic police too about violations of permit rules by operators.”
“We have taken action on 94 vehicles for other violations such as permit violation, drivers not wearing uniform and expired licenses,” said the official.
According to officials the department will continue such special drives to ensure that operators do not violate the rules.
With fares ranging from R5 to R15, the vehicles operate in areas such as Jamia Nagar, Kashmere Gate, Maidan Garhi, Wazirabad, and others, on 66 routes.Officials said that they were also planning to install global positioning system in the vehicles to ensure efficient and disciplined service.
Grameen sewa connects the arterial roads of the city with rural areas, resettlement and unauthorised colonies.