Paradip, Oct 20 (LocalWire): Paradip Port Trust authorities have sought the intervention of the Regional Transport Officer to inquire into the plying of ghost dumpers in the port area without their knowledge.
They complained to the RTO that although the port is prohibited to outsiders, private dumper associations transport cargo in the prohibited areas of Paradip Port.
Transport department is slack and rarely conducts check on dumpers and trucks owned by private people in the port area for its fitness, registration and other documents.
Taking advantage of the careless attitude, few private dumper owners obtained membership from local dumper owner associations and used fake registration numbers for cargo operations in the port area.
A dumper owner used the registration number of a defunct dumper lying in a local garage and transported cargo in the Paradip port.
In another case, two dumpers with one registration number have been used to transport cargo.
Locals after coming to know about these ghost dumpers plying in the port area took photographs and submitted the evidence to PPT authorities.
Later, traffic department with the help of CISF seized a fake dumper on 6 October and blacklisted it for transportation of cargo.
Meanwhile, locals suspect dumper associations using fake dumpers for cargo operation.
A leader of a dumper owner association confessed, ‘the dumper that is in the garage belongs to our association.
Its registration number has been allegedly used by another owner for transportation of cargo which is illegal so we have sought the intervention of higher authorities to check this illegal practice’.
Locals alleged that transport officials neglected to check illegal dumpers and trucks plying in the port area.
RTO, Jagatsinghpur Bijaya Kumar Nayak, said, ‘after obtaining letter from the PPT authorities, a squad led by a junior motor vehicles inspector is conducting a probe. After receiving detailed report from the inspector, we will take steps against the dumper owner.’