RTO THANE NASIK PUNE NAGPUR INVOLVE WITH ILLEGAL MINING ACTIVITY
1000 TRUCKS INVESTIGATION NOT SHARED BY RTO TRUCKS DETAILS WITH COLLECTOR THANE
REVENUE AUDIT REPORT 2015 EXPOSED NEXUS OF MINING,POLICE,RTO IN ILLEGAL MINING
MUMBAI: Read Parts Of Report.............
Non-furnishing of information by RTO/Police:- Non-furnishing of information by RTO/Police:- Four revenue authorities28 had detected cases carrying minor minerals in 114 trucks
which were either without transit pass or in excess of transit pass. The
trucks, however, managed to escape but registration numbers of these
trucks were recorded and were sent to concern RTOs to ascertain their
name and address of the vehicles carrying the sand. But the RTO did not
furnish the information to the respective Collectorate. It was further
noticed that the Collector after referring the cases to the RTOs had not
pursued the matter for obtaining the same. In one case in Nasik, Police
Department referred (January 2011) the case of overloading of sand by
4.41 brass to the RTO for levying penalty under MVT Act. The RTO
Nasik requested (January 2011) to the Police Department to coordinate
with revenue authorities for recovery of royalty and penalty. The RTO and
police did not refer the matter to revenue authorities hence no action has
been taken by the Collectorate.
_ A social activist had furnished a list of 1,033 trucks carrying sand illegally
extracted to the Collector, Thane. The list was forwarded to RTO Thane,
New Mumbai and Vasai in March 2013 for ascertaining the name and
address of the truck owners. Of these, RTO, Thane could furnish the
details of 318 truck owners only. The Collector, Thane, issued show cause
notices to these truck owners in June 2013. Further action taken had not
been intimated. However, remaining two RTOs did not furnish the
required information nor was it pursued by the Collector.
_ The Police Department had intimated (August 2013) illegal transportation
of 24 trucks of sand to the Tahsildar, Haveli, Pune. There after no action
was taken by Tahsildar. After being pointed out (July 2015) the Tahsildar
replied the cases will be referred to RTOs and name and address of the
vehicles will be obtained. There after action against the illegal
transportation will be taken.
_ Illegal transportation of sand from other district/state:- In two29 test
checked districts, information collected from RTO revealed that 24 cases
of illegal transportation of mineral booked by RTO pertained to other
districts/state30. These cases 31 were not referred to the concerned DMOs of
the districts/state that had issued TPs for taking action against the sand
ghat allottees to whom the TPs were issued.
_ In Alibag, Tahsildar seized (January 2013) 288.44 brass of sand on
account of illegal extraction at the site. The Department did not take any
action to find out the person involved in illegal extraction of sand and no
FIR was filed.
28 Thane, Nasik, Pune and Chandrapur
29 Nagpur and Yavatmal
30 Amravati, Bhandara, Chandrapur, Nanded, Wardha Districts of Maharashtra and Madhya
31 16 cases of DMO, Nagpur and 8 cases of DMO, Yavatmal
Audit Report for the year ended 31 March 2015 on Revenue Sector
The above fact indicates that there is a need for co-ordination between the
revenue authorities, RTOs and Police Department to prevent illegal extraction
and transportation of sand and other minerals. The Department may consider
taking the matter with other departments and for evolving a system of
coordination for them.
In the exit conference, the Principal Secretary, R&FD stated that Government
Resolution is being issued in which issues raised regarding need of coordination
with the revenue authorities, RTO and Police would be