TSRTC frowns on RTA's negligence

TSRTC frowns on RTA
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Telangana State Road Transport Corporation officials have shot off a strong letter to the Transport Commissioner asking him to immediately vacate the huge number of unused vehicles that are parked in its 25 depots across the city. The RTC officials said transport authorities have been dumping hundreds of vehicles, which were seized for violation of traffic rules. 

Hyderabad: Telangana State Road Transport Corporation officials have shot off a strong letter to the Transport Commissioner asking him to immediately vacate the huge number of unused vehicles that are parked in its 25 depots across the city. The RTC officials said transport authorities have been dumping hundreds of vehicles, which were seized for violation of traffic rules.

  • RTA has been dumping seized vehicles in RTC Depots
  • RTC is running out of space due to the RTA vehicle dumping

They alleged that RTA officials did not respond to their earlier correspondence resulting in piling up of vehicles, thereby leaving very little space for parking their own buses. The RTA, which has very less space on its premises, has been shifting the seized vehicles to different RTC depots in the city. This has been happening for quite a few years.

However, with the increase in the bus fleet of RTC, the depots are running out of space leading to the parking of buses outside the depots. "The Greater Hyderabad Zone has 25 depots and has a fleet of over 3,800 buses. At any given time, there would be about 150 buses in the depot. As a result, there is no space for taking up maintenance, cleaning and repairs to these vehicles.

There is no place left to accommodate new buses and since there is no scope for new depots in the city, RTC is severely running out of space in their own depots," said an RTC official. Depots like Ranigunj, Mehdipatnam, Falaknuma, Kukatpally are running out of space because of the dumping of seized vehicles by RTA officials, he added.

Sources said that the RTC MD wrote a serious letter to the Transport Commissioner Sandeep Sultania explaining the problem. In turn, the Commissioner has asked the Joint Transport Commissioner of Hyderabad to take steps to remove the vehicles from the RTC depots. According to sources, the JTC has initiated the process. RTA sent notices to the vehicle owners based on the engine numbers and chassis numbers to stake claim on their vehicles.

The authorities would auction the vehicles based on the response from the vehicle owners. Transport Department usually shifts the seized vehicles and collects parking charges from vehicle owners and pays it to the corporation. It auctions the vehicles that were not claimed even after sending the notices. The RTA officials publish the engine numbers and chassis numbers on the transport department web site before taking up the auction.

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