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Crackdown on buses without permits

THE TRANSPORT Department today cracked down on inter-state buses that were plying without necessary permits and permission and seized 10 such buses. Fine of over Rs 52,000 each is expected to be slapped on these buses.

india Updated: Jan 28, 2006 16:12 IST

THE TRANSPORT Department today cracked down on inter-state buses that were plying without necessary permits and permission and seized 10 such buses. Fine of over Rs 52,000 each is expected to be slapped on these buses.

The Transport department had been receiving information that most of the inter-state buses plying between Indore and various cities of Maharashtra were doing so without necessary permits.

However, earlier attempts to launch a checking drive had proved to be a failure as there was leakage from the department itself and also the bus drivers, most of whom are equipped with mobiles inform the other drivers about the checking.

So this time there was a change in the strategy. The Deputy Transport Commissioner Sanjeev Singh directed RTI Sunil Tiwari to keep absolute secrecy and start checking the buses coming to Indore from the Sendhwa barrier itself. RTI Tiwari, and SI Ratnakar Uike and a large number of constables, all in plain clothes boarded various buses at night near Sendhwa barrier and started checking the buses.

The buses, which were found to have permits were allowed to go after verifying the documents, and in the remaining, constables escorted them to Indore where the passengers were dropped and then the buses were seized. Of the seized buses, six were from Mumbai and four were from Poona.

Some of the buses were also found to be plying goods and it was possible that these goods were being plied without paying commercial tax. Hence, the Commercial Tax department has also been informed and officials of the department are also looking into the matter.

Though only 10 buses were caught, there are no less than 50 buses plying between Indore and these two cities. It is possible, officials said that the other bus drivers got wind of the operation after the first ones were caught and informed the others.

First Published: Jan 28, 2006 16:12 IST