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Heavily-loaded RTO will breathe easy this year

Another Deputy Regional Transport Office is one of the many promises made to the city to ease the load of the Regional Transport Office located near Sangam bridge and the DRTO in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Written by Pupul Chatterjee | Chandigarh | Published: January 1, 2012 1:20:23 am

Another Deputy Regional Transport Office (DRTO) is one of the many promises made to the city to ease the load of the Regional Transport Office located near Sangam bridge and the DRTO in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

Of the two spots identified,one in Bavdhan and another in Mohammedwadi,one is likely to be ready this year. Also a proposed 15 acre computerised test track,near the Pune-Mumbai highway can be expected this year.

Arun Yeola,Regional Transport Officer,Pune,said,“As the present offices are overloaded,expansion is needed,but we have space constraints in the existing offices. The Pune Municipal Corporation’s Development Plan (DP) has included a proposed site for the creation of Deputy Regional Transport Offices in the city. With the approval of the DP by the state government,it will have to be notified. Then we will send a proposal to the state government for the acquisition of the plots that have been identified. As it is a private land,we will have to buy it from the parties concerned. Between the Bavdhan and the Mohammedwadi plots,we are expecting at least one will be finalised.”

Asked when can one expect the offices to be ready,Yeola said though giving a final date at this stage is not possible,it can be hoped that they will be operational in 2012. The plot earmarked at Bavdhan,that will house the proposed DRTO,is about 3.5 acres and the one at Mohammedwadi is about 4.5 acres.

Apart from these,the 15 acre test track,that will have computerised testing facilities for carrying out tests for permanent licences and the fitness tests of vehicles is also likely to come up along the Pune-Mumbai highway. The plot that has been proposed is owned by another department of the state government and is at present lying unused,said sources at the RTO. As of now,all the tests are manually done at the Alandi office of the RTO,which handles 300 two-wheelers and 100 heavy motor vehicles in a day in a three acre land.

As told to Newsline on July 21,2011,at least 10 tracks will come up at this 15 acre plot,of which three will be used for light motor vehicles (LMVs),two for heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) and the rest as inspection tracks.

Activist Prashant Inamdar said,“It is high time that the Sangam bridge RTO is decentralised. While most other important government offices including the ward offices of PMC or the various police stations have become the norm,for getting the smallest of works done one has make several trips from one end of the city to another for the RTO. Lets keep our fingers crossed,till we actually see the promised office become functional.”

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