Ludhiana: Believe it or not but it is true that the office of District Transport Office (DTO), Ludhiana is getting packed with the record related to challans issued to vehicle owners by traffic police personnel over the period. The number of files is getting increased with every passage of day because a large number of those challaned by the traffic police personnel are not turning up for getting clearing these challans. Generally, city traffic police personnel are seen offering flowers to the violators of the traffic rules during traffic awareness campaigns but most of the times they could be seen issuing challans to the violators, in bulk.
One can see these traffic personals issuing challans to the vehicle owners for even petty wrongs just to reach the ‘target ‘. They confiscate the RCs of the vehicles or the driving licenses and even both in some cases. These confiscated documents are forwarded to the District Transport Office from where people can take back their documents after paying the amount of penalty. Enquiries conducted by Daily Post reveal that a big chunk of these challans were never executed and the documents of the vehicles are lying in the DTO office. These documents relate to the two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers.
Enquiries further reveal that, there are about 60,000 challans which were never got cleared by the vehicle owners from the year 2009 till date. Most of the owners of the vehicles who were issued challans for different reasons of violation, from 2009 till date, were reluctant to pay the fine and get their documents back. These documents are lying in the almirahs of the DTO office as their owners never turned back to DTO office.
Though the traffic police personnel might have completed their task and might have shown the authorities that huge amount of fine was to recover from the vehicle owners, but the physical revenue collection never made and on the other hand the DTO office had to take care of these documents and store them in the office almirahs for years. Dalwinderjit Singh, DTO Ludhiana, admitted that most of the cases of these pending challans were referred to the Lok Adalat so that people might take some advantage to take their documents by paying nominal fines but only a few number of people turned in the Lok Adalat.