Mumbai: The Mumbai Traffic Police seems to have relinquished it’s revenue in favour of a private Towing contractor. In one year of service, the Traffic Police seems to have received Rs 5.92 crores, whereas the controversial M/s Vidarbha Infotek Ltd has generated Rs 9.22 crores as per the information accessed by RTI Activist Anil Galgali from the Jt Commissioner Traffic Police department.
RTI Activist Anil Galgali had sought information from the Jt Commissioner Traffic Police department about the contract awarded to M/s Vidarbha Infotek Ltd for providing vehicle towing services. Ashok Shinde from the Traffic treasury informed Galgali that, the Towing service of Vidarbha Infotek Ltd was started from December 2016 onwards. From then upto 30th November 2017, the traffic department has received a Settlement amount of Rs 5,91,67,800/-, whereas Vidarbha Infotek Ltd has taken Rs 9,22,37,148/- as Towing charges. In the month of December 2016 from the 404 four wheelers a settlement amount of Rs 80,800/- was recovered and Rs 1,85,840/- was recovered against Towing charges. In the balance 11 months of 2017 from 1,95,843 – two wheeler’s and 99,592 – four wheelers, a settlement amount of Rs 5,90,87,000/- and Towing charges for amount of Rs 9,20,51,308/- was recovered. Out of a total amounting to Rs 15,14,04,948/-, 39% of revenue came to the Traffic Police department, whereas the contractor Vidarbha Infotek Ltd has pocketed 61% of revenue. The whole contract is for 75 months involving a bank guarantee of Rs 5 Crores.
Anil Galgali had further sought the information about the company, namely it list of Board of Directors and it’s Balance sheet, for which the department responded that the same is not in their records. In a view expressed by Anil Galgali, the share being given to Vidarbha Infotek Ltd is unproportionate and unreasonable, the terms of agreement relating to the period of operations and share percentage is not beneficial fir the government and favourable for the contractor. In a letter addressed to CM Devendra Fadnavis, Anil Galgali has demanded that the government should scrutinize the agreement executed with Vidarbha Infotek Ltd.