Pune will get a new Regional Transport OfficeInfo Guide — By The Desk on March 9, 2011 at 12:18 PM
Pune Mirror: With Pune’s vehicle population growing at a rapid pace of over 1.5 lakh every year, the city is all set to get a new Regional Transport Office (RTO).
State transport commissioner Dilip Jadhav told Pune Mirror that he has already sent a proposal to the government and the RTO is in search of a suitable place for the new office.
At present, the city’s vehicle population is over 20 lakh excluding Pimpri Chinchwad. The vehicles plying on the streets is more than half the human population which is 35 lakh. And this number is growing everyday as two-wheelers and cars on the road keep increasing.
The Pune RTO has its head office near Sangam Bridge. It has one more office at Alandi Road which mainly deals with issuing permanent driving licenses.
What is distur The People staying in newly developed areas like Kalyaninagar, Aundh, Bavdhan, Kondhwa and Kharadi have to come to the Sangam Bridge office as all the records are maintained there.
“Looking at the volume of work at Sangam Bridge RTO, we need to have one more office in some other part of the city. An additional office will reduce the work load and provide better service to citizens. We have started an office in Baramati also,” Jadhav said.
He said the Pune RTO started a separate driving licence cell for women to mark the International Women’s Day on Tuesday. “Now, women will not have to stand in long queues. They can come to the cell where a woman inspector will take their test and give driving licence.”
The RTO is also starting a new facility where people can get their driving licence and other documents home delivered. “The facility will be started next week with the help of postal department. People will have to pay Rs30 to get the delivery of their vehicle documents at home.
Once the facility is introduced, people need not have to come to the office. It will save their time and also reduce the crowd at RTO,” the transport commissioner said.
Against the backdrop of a recent incident in which a northeast student was charged a fare of over Rs 5,000 by a rickshaw driver and whether the transport authority is contemplating action against such erring drivers, Jadhav said, “I have given orders to the RTO to increase the fine amount
against such drivers.
Earlier, the RTO used to fine Rs 200 and suspend the driver’s licence for seven days but now the fine amount will be Rs 500 and the licence will be suspended for 15 days.”
He also said that the RTO has been asked to carry out surprise checks at Pune airport, railway station and ST stands where outstation passengers are often fleeced by auto drivers.