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Election wheels fall short

East Singhbhum district administration has so far secured 90 commercial vehicles for poll duty — both seized and surrendered — but the figure is far short of requirement.

“We need 500 vehicles,” district transport officer Sanjay Kujur said.

He added that apart from owners of commercial vehicles, truck and bus associations had also been asked to ensure that vehicles were surrendered in the next three days.

Notices had earlier been issued to transport associations to provide vehicles for poll duty. “This is in accordance with the law,” said Kujur.

According to transport department sources, 90 commercial vehicles for poll duty included 15 city buses run by Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDC).

“We have surrendered 15 city buses for poll duty. Another couple of buses will be handed over to the administration in a day or two,” said S.K. Jha, manager of JTDC.

Jha said the district administration had assured them of paying Rs 2,180 for each bus a day.

Sources in the transport office said mobile inspectors had been deployed at different places to seize vehicles. If owners failed to surrender their vehicles, punitive action like lodging FIR and even cancelling licence could be taken.

Vehicles so far obtained by election officials have been parked on the Jamshedpur Co-operative College grounds. They would be moved for poll duty 48 hours before election.

Jamshedpur will go to polls on April 17.