Some tractors bought for agricultural purposes have been used at construction sites illegally. At least 700 tractors are sold in Gurgaon every year, but there is hardly any land left for cultivation and the primary activity has shifted to commercial construction.
Tractors carrying construction materials are a common sight on the roads now. Apart from causing traffic jam and posing a threat to motorists, they are operating for the construction industry without valid permits.
According to the traffic department, these tractors were registered under ‘personal use’ category and not commercial vehicles’ category.
An applicant has to submit an affidavit to the traffic department, stating that the vehicle will be used for personal purposes, such as farming.
But they keep breaking the law.
“Tractors are unsafe. They are a threat to motorists. They should only be used for farming and not allowed to ply on city roads,” said Sanu Kapila, president of Nirvana RWA.
“The tractors also carry more than they were designed to carry, and accidents happen frequently. Just recently a person died after a tractor overturned on Nirvana premises,” added Kapila.
Road transport secretary Dharmendra Singh said he is aware of the situation. “As per court instructions we are not registering tractors under commercial use category but under personal use, such as farming,” said Singh.
DCP (traffic) Bharti Arora said the police are doing everything they can in their power to stop the tractor menace.
“We know it is a problem, so we are strict with people who break traffic rules. We have fined many tractor drivers who ferry construction materials," said Arora.