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Curbs spark resentment among sand lorry owners

Staff Reporter

KANCHEEPURAM: The curbs clamped by the district administration on overloading of sand lorries have sparked resentment among a section of sand lorry owners.

Enquiries reveal that 10 lorries were detained for overloading at the Wallajahbad police station for more than 24 hours on Tuesday.

Aggrieved by this, a group of owners urged the administration on Wednesday to direct the police to release the lorries. They said that generally vehicles would be released after “overloading” cases were booked.

Fine or compounded fees would be collected from the owners when the vehicles were brought to the Regional Transport Office for renewal of fitness certificate, they said.

40 lorries intercepted

Meanwhile, more than 40 sand lorries were intercepted by officials of the Revenue and Regional Transport Departments on the outskirts of Kancheepuram on Tuesday and the owners fined for overloading, they said.

The sand lorry owners claimed it was not they, who had demanded permission for their vehicles to carry two loads of sand. The decision to allow three loads of sand was taken at a tri-partite meeting held under the aegis of a Minister when he held the Public Works Department portfolio as an additional charge.

Hence, holding the vehicle owners responsible for overloading was unjust, they said.

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