Denying the allegations, State Transport Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar said there are no illegal weighbridges operating in the state, while maintaining that the Centre has authorized the state government to set up weighbridges as all of them are established under Meghalaya Weighbridge Policy, 2018.
“Whatever weighbridges that are there in Meghalaya, all of them are legal (as per) Meghalaya Weighbridge Policy, 2018,” Dhar told reporters on Friday.
His statement came as a reaction to a reply of the Union Minister for Transport and Highways, Nitin Jairam Gadkari to a question asked by Shillong MP Vincent H Pala in connection with illegal weighbridges established on the national highways in the state without “access permission” of the central government.
Dhar however said the functioning of the weighbridges are all permitted by the government of Meghalaya.
He said it is upto the government to decide on the demand for CBI probe into the matter.
Asked, the state transport minister said that as MP, Pala has the right to seek information for the state.
“It does not mean when he (MP) asks a question that means he is targeting somebody please don’t have such kind of perception,” he added.
Commissioner of Transport Israel W Ingty said the question of illegality does not arise as the central government has authorized the state government to set up weighbridges and only the transport department is authorized to detain vehicles and to check them.
He said the Central Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 permits the state government to make rules to ensure the permissible load is carried by all good laden vehicles.
“Section 113 and 114 also allows the state government to detain vehicles carrying overload and to penalize vehicles which are overloaded.
The state roads are controlled and managed by the state government so we have set up the weighbridges in the state roads and by putting up the weighbridges, the national highways are free from overloading,” he added.
The Meghalaya Weighbridge Policy was formulated in the year 2018 whereby the Transport Department is a nodal department for installation, maintenance and setting up of weighbridges in the state.