BMC gets notice over red beacon atop Mayor’s car

The Tardeo Regional Transport Office (RTO) has issued a notice to the executive engineer in BMC for the red beacon placed atop Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar’s official car.

The notice, which was sent to the BMC on October 13 referred to the May 1, 2017 notification of ministry of road transport and highway. It said that the list consisting of those allowed to use the red beacon does not include the Mumbai mayor and therefore placing such a beacon over car is not legal.

A senior BMC official said that they received the notice on Friday. “This is with regards to the new car — Innova Crysta which the mayor started using from last Friday itself. We have already informedt he mayor’s office about it and were to remove the beacon from the car on Friday. However, as the car was in Matoshree (Shiv Sena chief Udhav Thackeray’s residence in Bandra) we had no access to it. The beacon was anyways covered and not being put to use,” said the official. On Friday, the mayor was at Matoshree as the Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray welcomed six corporators from the MNS into his party. The mayor is known to have placed a crucial role in their switch.

According to the ministry of road transport and highways notification, the central government has specified that vehicles on office duty, which are designated for emergency and disaster management duties, may be allowed multi coloured red, blue and white light on atop namely duties relating to control of fire, duties by police, duties relating to natural disasters including earthquake, flood, landslide, cyclone, tsunami and manmade disasters including nuclear disaster, chemical and biological disaster.

The Mumbai mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar said that he was not aware of the notice. “I would need to check first on what basis has the notice been issued,” he said.