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A revamped Andheri transport office by year-end

The Andheri Regional Transport Office (RTO) with its revamped look will be ready by December,officials say.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
February 2, 2009 3:24:45 am

The Andheri Regional Transport Office (RTO) with its revamped look will be ready by December,officials say. The administrative office of the transport department looks into vehicles on road and licensing between Bandra and Dahisar.

The construction work at the site is being done by K S Chamankar Enterprise. Though work on the 7,000 sq mt area is currently behind schedule,however,officials believe it will be done by the end of the year. “The work is now progressing rapidly and as per our estimate it’ll be ready by the end of this year,” said Vikas Pandkar,Regional Transport Officer,West. Construction of pillars on the marshy land of the office was causing major hurdles to engineers. “Due to the soft nature of the soil and marshland we had to dig deep for firm land to start construction of the pillars,” said an engineer requesting anonymity.

At present,the RTO office is divided in four barracks that deal with over 5,000 people daily. There is also a huge open space with impounded vehicles stacked in a corner. “The main office building will have ground plus three storeys. Two buildings adjoining it will house the staff and officers from RTO. There will also be a basement for parking. Public convenience is of prime concern to us. The new building will have ample seating and better toilets. Also,all the departments that deal with day-to-day needs of the public will be housed on the ground floor,” Pandkar added.

  The transport office will also get a 1.5 km testing track,which will encircle the administrative building. The track will be constructed after razing the barracks. According to officers,the testing track will be used to evaluate the competency of the drivers and to test the mechanical meters of auto rickshaws and taxis. “Officers said that the testing track will have various road conditions incorporated to help officers accurately judge the drivers’ skills,” said a senior RTO official.

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First published on: 02-02-2009 at 03:24:45 am

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