Mumbai: A month after the Mumbai Traffic Police successfully auctioned the first batch of abandoned vehicles, the second auction is all set to take place in the first week of May.
The auction will be done for 350 abandoned vehicles, seized from October 2018 to February this year. A senior traffic police officer said that the auction will be conducted on the electronic platform, where the bidder is supposed to bid through the internet.
This e-auction will be conducted in collaboration with a state-owned e-commerce company, Metal Scrap Trade Corporation Limited (MSTC). To get a fair idea on what materials would be auctioned in the e-auction, a special ‘auction catalog’ will also be uploaded on the MSTC website well in advance.
This type of e-auction was earlier conducted for the scrap materials in Chennai, where everything was done smoothly, without any hassles, said an official. Mumbai Traffic Police had begun a crackdown on abandoned vehicles parked on city roads in July last year after the Bombay High Court issued orders to clear the roads for better vehicular movement and space for Metro work.
Amitesh Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) said, “After the HC order, we started removing vehicles from the roads that had been parked in no-parking zones for more than 10 hours. Following that, we have seized over 5,000 vehicles till date.”
The traffic police have seized 1,500 abandoned vehicles between October 2018 and February 2019, said Kumar. “These vehicles are expected to fetch a good price during the auction, which would eventually lighten the burden of parked abandoned vehicles on roads as well as in the police station compounds,” Kumar said. These vehicles have congested roads leading to all major junctions, resulting in unnecessary bottleneck traffic.
The first lot of the vehicles has already been brought by the junkyard and garage owners, who might use them for refurbishing the old vehicles. Simultaneously, we need space to park the abandoned vehicles until the whole lot is cleared. In this regard, we have already requested the civic body to provide an open space,” said an officer.