Pune RTO cracks the whip on agents

Oct 09, 2014, 07:59 IST | Anuj Ismail

To deploy security guards on the office premises to keep touts at bay

In order to get rid of agents, who have engulfed the Pune Regional Transport Office headquarters in Sangamwadi, the Regional Transport Officer has decided to initiate stringent action against them as well as deploy security guards on the RTO premises to keep these agents at bay. The decision was taken after Regional Transport Officer Jitendra Patil received several complaints regarding agents harassing those visiting the Pune RTO. On average, about 5,000 people visit the headquarters daily.

Pune RTO headquarters
Pune RTO headquarters at Sangamwadi. File pic

Speaking to mid-day, Patil said, “I will be reviewing the entire RTO premises to pinpoint locations that need security. Post-elections I’ll send a report to the transport and the police commissioner, requesting them to provide us with security personnel. We will have a register, in which details of those visiting the RTO will be registered. Nobody will be allowed to stay on the premises, unless they have work. I have also instructed my officials to keep a tab on agents, who frequent counters daily.”

Ritu Goyal, a Hadapsar resident, said, “As soon as I entered the Pune RTO, agents surrounded me and started inquiring what work I have in the office. Almost all of them assured me that it would be done within 20 minutes, but only if I paid them the right price for their services. But I ignored them and got the work done on my own. Besides, I also lodged a complaint about the menacing presence of the agents on the RTO premises.”

Jayesh Choudhary, a resident of Viman Nagar, said, “It is a nightmare to see agents hound people visiting the Pune RTO. They force poor citizens to shell out extra money to get their work done. All this is happening right under the noses of the RTO officers. Measures must be taken to rid the premises of such touts.”

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