“We have launched the drive about 20 days ago. Our men are clearing as many vehicles as possible every day. I have set a deadline of 60 days for myself to complete the drive. We hope to clear majority of vehicles by March-end. There will certain be some change by April first week,” Police Commissioner Praveen Sood said.
The drive has been taken up to help policemen get more space for departmental work and ensure better atmosphere and sanitation in and around police stations for public who visit them for various reasons, he said.
The police seize three types of vehicles – stolen vehicles, unclaimed vehicles and vehicles damaged in accidents. There are 150 police stations in the city. Stolen vehicles are parked near law and order and traffic police stations, while accident-related vehicles are parked near traffic police stations. According to police estimate, there are about 10,000 such vehicles near police stations across the city.
“These vehicles have consumed a lot of space. There is a lot of garbage near such vehicles. We have speeded up the process to clear such vehicles,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) R Hithendra told.
The police should follow certain procedures before auctioning unclaimed vehicles. Permission from the court is need for auctioning, while there should be a gazette notification setting 15-day deadline inviting objections. After Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) estimates value of the vehicles, the auctioning begins at CAR grounds.
“Thousands of vehicles damaged in accidents are also lying near police stations. We will release accident-related vehicles within two days after a report by MVI. We direct owners to take away their vehicles after the report. If they fail, then the policemen will take away such vehicles and park them near houses of concerned owners,” Sood added.