THE COCHIN FERRIES AND TOLLS RULES, 1083
The following rules in regard to the leasing and management of the public ferries in the State are hereby promulgated by the Diwan for the information and guidance of the Revenue Officers. They will come into force from the 1st Thulam, 1083.
1. The right of Collecting the ferry charges payable at the public ferry of the state established under section 3 of Act III of 1082 (Ferries and Tolls Act) will be sold by public auction by the Sub Divisional Officer of the taluk in which the ferries are situate, except the Ernakulam - Mattancheri which will be sold by the [Executive Engineer]. At least 15 days previous to the Sale, notification shall be published in the Cochin Government Gazette specifying the places at which the auction sale will be held, the period for which the leases will run and the upset prices at which they will be put up for sale. The period should not exceed 3 years and as a rule should be confined to one year. The sale should be held one month prior to the date of expiry of the current lease. The officer who conducts the sale will be at liberty to raise the upset price or lower it as the case may be.
2. The leases will be knocked down to the highest bidder above the upset prices subject to confirmation by the Diwan in the case of the Ernakulam - Mattancheri ferry and also in all cases where the amount of the previous year's lease being not less than Rupees 100 the highest bid has fallen short of the amounts obtained on the previous year. In all other cases the Executive Engineer shall be at liberty to reject all or any of the bids.
3. Persons intending to bid must attend in person or by duly authorised agents, and shall not be allowed to bid unless they deposit, before the sale conferences, such amount as the Executive Engineer may direct. The deposit of unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them at the close of the sale.
4. Within a week after the intimation of the confirmation of the same the lessee shall pay into the taluk treasury such further amount as with the deposit already made will make up 30 per cent of the bid or furnish security for half the amount of hid bid. In default, the lease will be resold at his risk, the deposit being held liable in the first instance for the loss accruing from Such resale.
5. The lessee shall execute an agreement in such form as the Diwan or the Executive Engineer may prescribe and register it if so ordered by him. The cost of registration as well as value of the stamped paper required for the execution of the agreement shall be borne by the lessee. The lessee shall not transfer or sub-let the leases without the previous sanction of the Diwan or the Executive Engineer.
6. The lessee shall pay the amount according to the lessee in such install as the Diwan or the Executive Engineer may direct. When any installment is overdue, the Diwan or the Executive Engineer may either place the ferry under Government management or resell the lease at the defaulter's risk.
7. The lessee's deposit shall be liable for the satisfaction of any claim arising against him; any balance which remains will be returned to him on the portion of the lease.
8. The Sub-Divisional Officer of taluks shall maintain a D.C.B amount of ferry receipts and submit a quarterly statement to the Executive. They shall also maintain a correct list annually of all the established rules in the taluk showing against each the lease amount and the time of the lease.
9. The lease shall provide himself with boats in good condition and them in good repair. He shall ply his boats between certain fixed points will be specified in the sale notification and in the agreement which to the Government and shall not take over or land passengers except those points.