Pvt bus provider had submitted documents of other buses

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A day after Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) took action against nearly 30 buses that were ferrying schoolchildren from PMC-run schools on a trip for plying without mandatory special permit, it has come to light that the private bus provider concerned had submitted to the civic body documents, including special permits, of different buses.

The PMC education board had appointed Ravindra Chavan, proprietor, Rajgad Water Park, to supply buses for students' trip and the firm allegedly endangered the safety of hundreds of students by taking the civic body for a ride.

"Rajgad Water Park submitted with us all necessary documents of all around 50 buses that to be used for trips, before the tour began. The RTO action came as a shock to us and has exposed the firm's wrongdoing," said Shivaji Daundkar, administrative head, PMC education board.

He said the issue of students' safety being neglected would be discussed in the forthcoming education board meeting. Action would be considered against Rajgad Water Park, adding that the firm could be blacklisted.

On Saturday, RTO authorities took action against around 30 buses ferrying over 1,000 students of Classes III-VII from PMC-run schools without mandatory special permits, which are issued only after the vehicle is found complying with fitness norms and having paid dues related to insurance and road tax.

The RTO crackdown, which was done near Khed-Shivapur toll booth on Pune-Bangalore highway, delayed the trip, which was organised by the PMC education board for first time in the past few years.

Students were divided into groups for the one-day trip, which was planned at selected locations around Pune such as Sinhgad fort , Rajgad Fort and Baramati for each group.

Ravindra Chavan said he had raised required number of buses for students' trip from different small transporters, and some of them failed to provide special permit on time.

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