Policemen sabotaged traffic drive against `Gramin Sewa` autos?
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 16:34
'Gramin Sewa' autos is a new para-transit scheme wherein high capacity three-wheelers were given permits to ply in rural areas.

But Garg believes that there has been "wrongdoing by our people" also.

"Gramin Sewa which has become a major problem in many parts of Delhi has been controlled. There has been sustained prosecution of this 'menace' in last few days.

"...The day we started this drive, apparently the word spread in Rohini, and I could not believe it when I was told that these vehicles simply disappeared from many roads of Rohini which indicated some mix-up," he said.

In six days, he said, 1,112 prosecutions have been done besides impounding 341 such vehicles.

While 165 have been prosecuted for dangerous driving "which has become a habit with them", 471 have been prosecuted for permit violations (prosecution for carrying passengers beyond sanctioned capacity).

Thirty-seven were prosecuted as the drivers did not have driving licence and 13 faced action for jumping red light.

Maximum action has been taken in northern and western Delhi under which areas like Rohini, Dwarka and Kingsway Camp fall.

Drivers are usually fined Rs 500 and owners Rs 1,000 for not carrying a valid licence. Plying without permit invites a fine of Rs 2,000 while overcrowding can cost Rs 100.

Garg said it looks "surprising" that the Transport Department has given them permits without first assigning routes to them.

"To my mind first you have to have routes and then depending on requirement permits should be granted. Here it is reverse. First they have given permits and now they want to finalise routes. We have taken up this issue and problems caused by these vehicles at various forums.

"Then we decided that we cannot wait till issues are finalised and we should start prosecuting these and that is what we started," Garg said.


First Published: Thursday, February 10, 2011, 16:34

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