DIPHU, Mar 06: The public in Deithor-Lobonghat area are concern at the rampant overloading of commercial trucks plying in the village PWD road.
The public has accused the authority for pretending and taking no action against the drivers and businessmen. Their trucks were overloaded to make more money but in reality how much damage they make to public road they never realize. “Legal action can be taken under the provision of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act, 1984. The objective is not only to save roads from getting damaged due to plying of overloaded trucks but also to discourage them from over loading in future,” said the residents.
They also said that “The overloaded sand-laden, forest raw materials trucks damage the roads and majority of these trucks do not even have valid permits issued by the district transport officer.
Sources also added that the prescribed limit is 15 metric tones but at present, the trucks carry around 25 tonnes, violating the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
It can be mentioned that the public has lodged complaint against the owners and drivers of the trucks with PWD and Forest Department in 2017 but they were not paying any heed to their grievances. Due to plying of overloaded trucks in Deithor area the PWD road that was constructed few years ago not turn into a village dusty road which is again a nightmare for the local residents. They also demanded strong action against those violators of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.