Rural RTO pocketed Rs 1.52cr bribe from transporters in Nov: Ex-MP

Nagpur: Regional transport office of Nagpur rural has allegedly allowed 790 truck–trailer, 669 tipper transporting minerals and sand and 1,523 private buses to ply illegally by accepting Rs10,000 bribe for each vehicle, Shiv Sena district president and former MP Prakash Jadhav has claimed.
“This way, the corrupt officials from the department had collected a whopping over Rs1.52 crore from transporters in November,” Jadhav alleged in a memorandum submitted to rural RTO Shirpad Wadekar here on Tuesday.

Rural RTO Wadekar refuted the allegations levelled by the Shiv Sena and claimed that the flying squads regularly took actions against transport vehicles violating motor vehicles act. He, however, assured that the department will further intensify the drive.

Revealing the modus operandi, according to Jadhav, the flying squad of the RTO prepares a list of heavy vehicles including trucks, tippers and travel buses of those transporters who pay Rs10,000 bribe for each of their vehicles plying in the jurisdiction of Nagpur rural comprising Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Bhandara districts. Jadhav claimed that he had accessed the alleged list comprising registration numbers of transport vehicles prepared by the touts.

Shiv Sena activists submitted list of agents who play active role in the nexus between transporters and motor vehicle inspectors. Yuva Sena vice-president Nitin Tiwari said the flying squads turn a blind eye towards these overloaded vehicles and private buses ferrying passengers without valid permits. Tiwari alleged that in November itself, the flying squad had pocketed Rs1.52 crore bribe from transporters, while Rs1.28 crore and Rs1.60 crore were collected as bribe in October and September respectively.

Demanding action against the MVIs involved in corrupt practices, the former MP demanded the RTO to take the help of police and vigilance squad to end plying of overloaded transport vehicles.

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