Rourkela, Oct 2 (LocalWire): With the amended Motor Vehicles Act coming into force, the Rourkela RTO has collected over Rs 7 crores in September, surpassing its target by over twenty lakhs.
The Rourkela RTO is witnessing, like many other offices in the state, a massive rush to avail various documents and the combined team of police and RTO officials are conducting regular checks on the road.
The sub-Collector Rourkela, Biwajit Mohapatra, who is also the RTO-in-charge informed, ‘We have crossed our target and have set Rs 8 crores as this month’s target. I am thankful to my entire team for having achieved the target and more.’
The RTO had collected Rs 4.15 crores against a set target of Rs 5.85 crores in August.
‘We have also started collecting taxes from the vehicle dealers of the city which was not being done earlier.
We have collected Rs 1.20 crores from them,’ Mohapatra said.
There are 43 vehicle dealers in Rourkela.
An online provision has been made for this collection and the RTO was confident that this would go up further. ‘We could achieve the target because of the coordination between several departments and we will continue this further,’ he added.
Much before the middlemen were being arrested across the state, police here had arrested 14 touts and forwarded them to court. Although hardly any were visible in the RTO during the raids across the state, eight middlemen were later arrested.
‘Presently, most of the police stations have been given e-challan machines. Fines are being collected for various traffic violations.
From today onwards the police and RTO are going ahead to streamline traffic in the city and massive road checking will be undertaken,’ said an RTO official.
The RTO here is in a quandary as 10 posts are lying vacant.
It has a shortfall of motor vehicles inspectors and clerks apart from the post of RTO which is being handled by the sub-Collector of Rourkela.
Meanwhile, the staff has been instructed not to harass anyone unnecessarily or on flimsy grounds.
‘If there is any complaint against any official and if it is found true then we will initiate disciplinary actions,’ said the RTO.