Acting on report about transport mafia activities on prowl published in Hindustan Times, administration officials on Tuesday inspected all the secrete routes connecting Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan state.
As per the reports, government is incurring heavy revenue loss daily due to illegal activities of transport mafia in the border district of Neemuch. Even government officials admit that it has become a headache for them.
A day after report published in the newspaper, additional district magistrate (ADM) Aditya Sharma along with public work department (PWD) officials visited different secret routes and reviewed situation there. Department will soon barricade the routes to check illegal movement of vehicles on these routes.
According to information, apart from two major national highways including - Mhow-Nasirabad National Highway-79 and Delhi-Mumbai National Highway-8, about half-a-dozen secrete routes connecting two states.
Each day, about 3,000 trucks ply on Mhow-Nasirabad and Delhi-Mumbai highway through Neemuch. Every truck driver needs to pay entry tax on check post which vary from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 as well as overloading charges of Rs 500 for a tonne.
In case, the overloading is more than a tone, driver need to pay Rs 1,000 for every extra tonne overloading.
Keeping tab on this, transport mafia gang led by Mukesh Nagda running their business in this part of the state helping truck drivers to cross state border through secrete routes charging meagre Rs 1,000 per truck.
Even after the matter came to fore about four-days back, Nagda or none of his gang member has been arrested by police. When contacted Jeeran police station incharge RK Vyas said police launched manhunt, but yet to get any success.
Vyas added that after matter came to fore, police increased vigil in the area. As a result of this, police seized two trucks plying on secret routes and slapped fine of Rs 10,000 each on their drivers for flouting the norms.