PUNE: The civic body’s 26 public parking spaces have virtually turned into dumping grounds with more than 300 vehicles, including four- and two-wheelers, left unattended, prompting authorities to consider auctioning them off if the owners do not claim them.
Shriniwas Bonala, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) traffic planner, said: “An investigation of all vehicles parked for more than 48 hours would be carried out by PMC. The owners would be contacted. If they do not give a valid reasons for parking the vehicles or failing to show up to claim them, they would be scrapped.”
He said this initiative would be undertaken to free up parking spaces and make them available to the needy.
According to PMC officials, some undervalued vehicles were stolen earlier and sold at cheaper rates. “Migrants left these vehicles behind on their way back to their hometowns. So neither the original owners nor the migrants claim them,” one said.
Madhav Jagtap, the head of PMC’s anti-encroachment department, said, “PMC issues public notices urging vehicle owners to take them. If no one claims the vehicles, the civic body explores the possibility of an auction to scrap them. The bidding process because the same thing happens.”
The Regional Transportation Office (RTO) claimed it had a very limited role in disposing of abandoned vehicles. It is mainly the work of the municipal corporation and the traffic police department. Whenever police or company officials spot such vehicles, they write down the registration numbers and/or chassis numbers and send them to RTO.
“We find out the contacts (name, contact number, address) of the owners of the abandoned vehicles and send them either to the civic body or to the police. They then contact the owners. The vehicles are auctioned off if their owners do not don’t want to take them back,” said an official from RTO, Pune.
In the event of an auction, RTO provides an agent to carry out the valuation of the vehicles, after which they are sold to scrap dealers. “In many cases, vehicles end up mortgaged to banks or financial companies due to non-payment of EMIs. In such cases, we provide the contact of the financial institutions concerned to the municipal corporation or the police. Those This, in turn, contact the finance companies to see if they would be willing to tow the vehicles in. If not, a portion of the sale price of the vehicles as scrap goes to the finance companies, RTO can also contact owners of the vehicles, but we don’t usually do that due to labor constraints,” the RTO manager said.
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