While the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been busy building a stormwater pipeline on the banks of the Mutha river, it seems to have forgotten to check whether the machinery used by the private contractor is authorised.
We spotted at least 8-10 different machines with no number
plates on any part of them
When Pune Mirror visited the spot, we saw almost 8-10 JCBs and bulldozers without registration number plates working on the riverbank stretch from Sinhagad Road to Kharadi. According to Arun Yeola, RTO, Pune, all JCBs and bulldozers must have licence numbers, which they get after registering with the RTO. “Legal action can be taken against those using machinery without number plates,” he said.
PMC is trying to install a stormwater drainage pipeline on the riverbank under a Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM) project. This is a part of the river improvement project that aims at improving the drainage system to reduce the amount of sewage going into the river.
Almost 300 huge pipes have been brought in to construct the pipeline, over almost 9 km. Additional city engineer Srinivas Bonala said, “I have no idea about this lack of number plates. Patel Engineering is doing this work.” S Joshi, senior official at Patel Engineering, said, “We cannot use any machines without RTO registrations and we have registered our vehicles. Heavy vehicles like these dont have number plates.”
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