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BHOPAL/JABALPUR: Petitioners in the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking court’s intervention to ensure proper traffic management in the state alleged that the state government was not initiating the steps it promised to court in its undertaking in the course of hearing in the case.

The division bench, comprising chief justice V Malimath and Justice Vishal Mishra, expressed displeasure over the attitude of the state government in the matter and said the report submitted on its behalf on the steps taken to bring traffic under control seem to be “only on paper”.

The state government in its undertaking had assured the court that auto rickshaws plying without permit on the roads would be seized and amended Motor Vehicle Act would be enforced in the state after September 30, 2019.

They said that under political pressure, the amended Motor Vehicle Act is not being implemented in the state. The laws in the amended Act provide for heavy penalties for violation of traffic rules and may be effective in bringing traffic under control in the state.

In the course of the hearing on the petition filed by advocate Satish Verma and Nagrik Upbhokta Manch, the state government had admitted that there are 15,000 auto rickshaws plying without licence in Bhopal and 10,000 in Indore. It further said that maximum speed of an auto is 40 km per hour, vehicle tracking system is being made compulsory for the auto rickshaws which shall be linked to centrally integrated control room of the transport department. Permit for autos more than 10 years of age will not be renewed and they will be converted into CNG-run auto rickshaws.


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