Fitness of Kerala ministers’ official vehicles in focus- The New Indian Express

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The accident involving the official automobile of Finance Minister Okay N Balagopal on Friday has introduced the deal with the health of presidency autos. It was revealed that the automobile concerned within the accident had logged practically 2 lakh km, though authorities norms stipulate that the autos being utilized by ministers must be modified each three years or after they cowl 1 lakh km. Sources mentioned this isn’t adopted religiously as a result of state’s perilous monetary state of affairs. 

Balagopal’s automobile met with the accident close to Kuravankonam after one in every of its rear wheels and the disc acquired displaced whereas the automobile was shifting. However, for the reason that automobile was not travelling at excessive velocity, none was injured. A department-level probe had discovered that the automobile had exceeded its usability, ensuing within the accident.

Sources within the tourism division, which offers autos to ministers, mentioned vehicles of a number of different ministers apart from Balagopal had crossed the 1 lakh-km restrict.  “Ministers nonetheless use vehicles which have logged greater than 1 lakh km principally because of monetary causes. Using them poses security dangers as they transfer at excessive speeds underneath police escort,” mentioned a supply. 

The tourism division has a particular staff headed by an assistant government engineer to verify the health of the autos utilized by ministers. Sources mentioned although the staff had really useful changing outdated autos, no determination has been taken. Use of unfit autos at excessive velocity not solely poses a menace to passengers, but in addition different commuters, they mentioned.

“Officials corresponding to judicial officers repeatedly change their autos. It could seem extravagant, however they’re simply following the norms to remain secure. Ministers ought to observe go well with and alter their autos after they clock the stipulated distance,” mentioned a supply.

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