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Guwahati now a 'tow away zone'

Guwahati's streets have largely been a free-for-all with traffic rules rarely making a difference for the common man.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2005 22:06 IST
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Citizens of Guwahati are heaving a sigh of relief with the city police finally deciding to tow away vehicles left unattended at no-parking areas, clogging the city's narrow and congested roads.

Guwahati's streets have largely been a free-for-all with traffic rules rarely making a difference for the common man. This time however, car owners whose vehicles are towed away from no-parking zones are being charged Rs 500 as fine.

Two-wheelers, normally the worst offenders are being fined Rs 150 while six-wheelers such as trucks are being fined Rs 750.

Vehicles being towed away are an increasingly common sight in the city despite the fact that the police department has to rent its cranes.

Senior superintendent of police Nitul Gogoi also said that the department was aware of the fact that some of the cranes being used for the purpose were towing away vehicles from legitimate areas to charge money.

"We have launched this service for the betterment of the city," Gogoi said. "I assure action against crane drivers misusing their power."