The 40,000 permits issued to taxi and autorickshaw drivers last year are under the scanner. State transport minister Diwakar Raote has ordered review of the 40,000 permits issued to individual taxi and autorickshaw drivers last year by the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government.
The decision was taken after a committee appointed by the new government found violation of norms and submission of fake documents to obtain the permits.
The government had issued the taxi and auto permits, which were cancelled either due to the dormant status or the death of permit holders, to individual drivers in the state.
The process was completed online and was touted as a transparent one.
When cases of submission of fake documents related to domicile and educational qualifications came to light, the new government appointed a committee headed by a joint commissioner of transport department. The committee was formed three weeks ago.
“The report submitted by the committee has instances of norm violations and so we have decided to probe such cases,” Raote said.
“Domicile certificates submitted by some of the applicants are found to be fake and have been obtained by bribing revenue officers. Some applicants have even submitted bogus educational certificates issued by institutions in other states. In some cases, the applicants are not even drivers, which is mandatory to seek a permit,” he said.
The minister said those permits found to have been obtained by submitting fake documents would be cancelled. He also announced the plan to allow the black-and-yellow taxis in Mumbai to offer air conditioned services to passengers.
“Most of the black-and-yellow cabs have installed air-conditioners. We will allow them to offer the air-conditioned service at extra charge which will be finalised soon. Passengers can travel in air-conditioned taxis at comparatively low fares as fleet taxis charge higher fares,” he said.