RTO Kathua imposes Rs. 5.24 lakh fine; seizes five buses

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KATHUA: Continuing with its campaign against the defaulters of Road Traffic Rules, team of Motor Vehicles Department (MVD) led by RTO Dr. Raj K. Thapa realized a fine of Rs 5.24 Lakhs from the violators of Road traffic discipline in Kathua.
The team of ARTO Kathua checked 255 vehicles on the National Highway and other roads of Kathua and imposed on-spot fine on 163 vehicles; while 16 others were challaned. Some of the vehicles, out of 163, were fined through e-Challan that has been launched recently by the department.
e-Challan is a web based compounding/ challaning system wherein it’s not only convenient to maintain and retrieve the records but also easy to spot repeat offenders.
RTO Dr Thapa stated that the department is making an endeavour to switch over to e-Challaning system completely in the near future.
Earlier, five mini buses under registration numbers JK02-3524, JK02T-1871, JK02G-6821, JK08A- 1396 and JK02N-6553 were found serial offenders and were seized under section 207 of the Motor Vehicles Act.
ARTO Er. Kuldeep Singh, Motor Vehicle Inspectors, Vikas Srivats, Kamal Kumar, Ravinder Kumar and officials of RTO office Kathua were also accompanied RTO during the inspection.A different variant of ‘Kebabs’ are providing warmth this winter in these frigid conditions, though they are devoid of any mutton or meat and are polymer based that fit over water pipes to insulate them from the freeze they suffer during frosty conditions.
A continuous spell of freeze witnessed this winter has pushed the sale of these foam hose insulation that resembles the mutton kebabs and have been coined as called ‘Nalke Kebab’ that are manufacture in different sizes according to the size of GI pipes on which they mostly are used.
The constant drop in temperature in winters is a common reason for water outage in most of the homes as exposed pipes mostly freeze and stop water flow.
The users of these insulations say that the foam kebabs are effective to prevent freezing to a greater extent and keep the taps operational.
Mushtaq Ahamd a resident of Magam area in Budgam said that given that winters in Kashmir had been quite warm during the past few years, this year harsh winters again made people to cover the exposed water lines.
“Insulations on pipe fittings mostly the exposed ones were carried in the past and people would cover lines with paddy hay and jute matting’s, however these now replaced by these ‘kebabs’ that come handy and are easy to fit on pipes of different spans,” said Mushtaq.
Shah Mohammed Afzal a seller of these foam hoses said that frozen pipes are also highly susceptible to cracks and these ‘nalka kebabs’ work as good insulators and stop developing of craks, this year the sale has been vibrant owing to significant drop in temperatures mostly during nights.
These are sold according to size and come in lengths of six feet and are sold at Rs 30- 40 according to dia.
“Most of them are manufactured within the valley, even though a high end variant foam hose is also imported from Malaysia but is costly,” said Shah adding that a high quality variant of these foam hoses are traditionally used in air conditioners for insulation purpose.
Most of the sales according to Shah were witnessed in December and first week of January when night temperatures were significantly low and demands also picked up in other districts.
Sales have decline now and retailers have sufficient stock available with them.
Rafiq Ahamd a home owner said that another option to protect the bursting is usage of Polypropylene Random (PPR) pipes, though they too need insulation in case of being exposed.
Adding that insulating them one can ensure a constant supply and stop resort to keeping taps running that wastes water.
He added that even the administration in has urged home owners to keep the taps dripping to decrease chances of freeze, though this method adding to water wastage.