Right to Information Act 2005, mandates timely response to citizen requests for government information. One Side RTI ( Right To Information) giving more power to common-man but at times RTI activist are constantly under life threat. In recent times there many news made headlines and many RTI activist had to loose their life.
Very young & dynamic Pune based Entrepreneur & RTI activist Prafful Sarda, whose RTI were in headlines revealing surprising truth over Surgical Strike and Soil Health card, has received threatening calls to his “Pune Cantonment Board Toll Booth Collection And Pay & Park Issue”
While speaking to RTI activist Prafful Sarda, said I did file RTI on Toll Booth collection And Pay & Park charges in Pune Cantonment Board. Since the day I have filed RTI on concern issues, I got few calls and person on the other side used abusive language, threaten me and asked me to take RTI back. He also said consider this is to be last warning. Even after waiting for 45 days I did not get revert from the concern department so I personally went collected the information from PCB office.
“There is certainly wrong with the tender awarded to Solapur Construction And Fabrication Pvt Ltd. With the revert and numbers anyone will be surprised. For the period 2017-18, there are 13 No of Vehicle Entry Tax collection posts in Pune Cantonment Board Limit had a bid amount Rs.10,25,00,000 ( Ten Crore and Twenty Five Lac) And Pay & Parking Rs.85,00,000 (Eighty Five lac). Vehicle Entry tax bid amount is as huge as Pune Municipal Corporation’s 10 big Tenders over 2 years but only 13 toll booth collections tender value is above Rs.10Crore”. Real common-man extortion happened while parking their vehicle at PCB limit (Pay & Park area).
As per PCB guideline, concern company cannot charge above Rs.4/- & Rs.8 for 2 wheeler And for 4wheeler Rs.10/- & 20 respectively. But parking boys always ask for Rs.5 and Rs.10/- for 2 wheeler and for 4 wheeler Rs.20/-. If we roughly calculate there are about 3 shifts of 4 hours so even if they have 10k two wheelers they earn extra Rs.30000/- (Thirty Thousand) per day. So in a year they make more than Rs.1,00,000,00 ( One Crore) illegally. I appeal concern authorities to look into the matter on serious note and cancel the tender. If needed I shall also file an PIL for the same. This Public extortion should stop”.
While Our sources found out some shocking information about the company. Solapur Construction And Fabrication Pvt Ltd was registered at Registrar of Companies Pune on 20 September, 1991 and is categorized as Company limited by Shares and an Non-government company. Company has 2 active directors Amol Saudagar Chavan & Gorakh Krishnat Deshmukh. There are no other active directors in company except these 2 officials. Registered address on file is E-4, Mantri Chandak Park, Bijapur Road. Solapur – 413004. The surprising fact is Solapur based company had interest in this tender and awarded as well. We also tried getting connected to Pune Cantonment Board BJP Corporator Vivek Mahadev Yadav, about the issue but he did not answer the phone call.
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