Tractors hinder traffic flow on expressway
Increasing number of tractor trolleys on city roads, including the high-speed expressway, has become a major challenge for the traffic police.gurgaon Updated: Jan 17, 2013 00:28 IST
Increasing number of tractor trolleys on city roads, including the high-speed expressway, has become a major challenge for the traffic police.
Even though these slow-moving vehicles are banned on the expressway, tractors ferrying construction material is a common sight.
The Millennium City doesn’t have any cultivable land in its 4km radius and tractors are often engaged in commercial activities, yet, most of the vehicles are registered for non-commercial uses.
Out of the total 532 tractors registered last year, 437 were in the non-commercial category. But at the same time, the number of tractor owners seeking commercial permit has almost doubled to reach 95 in 2012 from 45 a year ago. Also, the number of vehicles in agricultural uses has reduced from 684 in 2010 to 437 in 2012.
Use of tractors to transport construction material is a cheaper option. “Most of the times, tractors plying in the city are of more than 50HP. Only these tractors can carry heavy loads such as bricks, iron rods and gravel,” said BL Kudawla, block agricultural officer.
Besides, a few tractors are used as water tankers to supply water to different parts of the city.
According to the road traffic authorities (RTA), tractors registered for non-commercial purpose have also been used in commercial purposes. For violation of this rule, the RTA had issued 56 challans in 2012.
The agriculture department has attributed such violations to the decreasing land holdings of farmers in nearby villages.
The Gurgaon district has about 1.85 lakh acres of cultivable land. Most of it is located in Farrukhnagar and Pataudi areas.
“Land holdings are decreasing day by day and the farmer can hardly earn livelihood from agriculture. They use their tractors for transporting construction material to make a little extra income,” Kudawla said.
Tractors also pose a major risk on the highways as sometimes their brakes don’t function well. Due to constant use on farmlands, mud and sand get trapped in the brakes, causing damage.