As part of its initiative to rid the roads of motorised fish carts, the city police on Friday handed over mini cargo vehicles to a group of operators.
To begin with, 11 out of about 150 enumerated operators were presented with the keys of the vehicles. In due course, others also will be facilitated to secure bank loans for purchase of the vehicles, Commissioner of Police A. Amal Raj said while handing over the keys to the owners in the presence of Deputy Commissioners of Police A. Mayilvaganan (Crime and Traffic) and N.S. Nisha (Law and Order).The traffic police had arranged for bank loans and driving licences.
The success of the initiative in the long run hinges on the prompt repayment of dues by the owners, Mr. Mayilvaganan said.Despite ban imposed on use of fish carts by the High Court more than a decade ago, the persisting presence of the unauthorised vehicles had prompted the city police to address the issue through a rehabilitation measure.
Each buyer had made an upfront payment of up to 10% of the cost of the vehicle priced at nearly Rs.2.6 lakh.Seventy-year-old Kannan, a long-time fish cart operator who had purchased the new vehicle for his son, said it will be helpful in generating more revenue as even other kinds of cargo could be transported to longer distances.
Heist probe Mr. Amalraj exuded hope of taking the main accused in Lalithaa Jewellery heist Murugan into custody on October 28. Murugan’s involvement in a number of crime cases in Karnataka was the reason for the delay in securing his custody. There were 72 cases registered against Murugan in Karnataka compared to 17 in Tamil Nadu and four in Andhra Pradesh. Almost 25 out of 28 kg of stolen jewellery have been recovered, Mr. Amalraj said.
(source : The Hindu)