After A four-year delay,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has finally put the plan to instal scanners at octroi nakas on fast-track. The civic administration is currently reviewing five technologies for installing scanners at its five octroi nakas,said officials. A team of officials will be visiting Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates (UAE) to review one of these technologies.
The joint municipal commissioner and an official from the Mechanical and Engineering (M&E) department will be visiting Abu Dhabi to inspect scanners installed by a Boston firm, said a senior civic official. These scanners are expected to be hi-tech and have the least radiation. The civic body is also looking at X-ray and gamma ray technology.
The process is on fast-track. We are inspecting all technologies available in the market and those fitting our criteria, said S S Shinde,Joint Municipal Commissioner.
The BMC has planned to instal scanners at octroi nakas on Mulund-Airoli Link Road (Airoli),Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg Naka (Mulund),Mumbai-Panvel Highway (Mankhurd),Eastern Express Highway (Mulund East) and Western Express Highway Naka (Dahisar).
The civic administration will deploy these scanners on build-operate-and-transfer (BOT) basis. The tenders for the scanners will be invited on transaction basis. This means the company will earn for every transaction/vehicle, said a civic official. According to officials,the installation of the scanners might take another three months.
The proposal to instal X-ray scanners was first mooted in 2007 to check widespread evasion of octroi at the five check nakas in the city.
The civic administration had earlier acquired an imported machine for a demo period of 10 days at one of the nakas and found the machine was scanning vehicles only from one side.
The plan to instal those machines,costing Rs 7 crore,was later scrapped. To instal a fully functional scanner on all sides would cost five to six times more and escalate the cost of the project, said officials.
The civic administration later decided to acquire the scanners on a BOT basis.