JAMMU, July 3: Minister for CA&PD and Transport, Qamar Ali Akhoon convened a meeting of officers of Motor Vehicle Department, Transport, Traffic, State Motor Garages, Mechanical Wing to review the overall functioning of these departments here this morning.
During the meeting, threadbare discussion was held on implementation of decisions taken in previous meetings for effective functioning of these departments.
The Minister informed that the Regional Transport Offices and almost all the ARTO offices were made fully computerized and functional to ensure added accountability and transparency. The issues related to entry tax also came under consideration. The Minister informed the meeting that for construction of fully equipped training institute in Jammu, the instructions have been issued to Deputy Commissioner and RTO Jammu to identify a suitable land.
Expressing concern over the increasing number of road accidents especially in accident prone areas like district Doda, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch, the Minister asked the traffic and RTO authorities to keep a strict vigil on overloading, vehicles fitness in respect of commercial vehicles, grant/renewal of permit and registration and other reasons to reduce brutal accidents to save the precious human lives. He also enquired about the compensation granted to the accident victims under welfare schemes. He asked the officers to check installation of meters in rickshaws and issue licences and permits to those who have completed all legal formalities. The RTO assured the Minister that vehicles would get fitness certificate on same day after proper checking by the Board of Inspection.
The Minister said that several complaints have been received so far from the people regarding various drawbacks in implementation of schemes, adding “we are trying hard to redress all the grievances of people on priority to ensure transparency and accountability in the department” .
Briefing about the installation of traffic signals in the state, the Minister informed that the department has identified suitable places for instalment of traffic signals. He informed that in Kashmir department has indentified more than 30 places where these signals were installed to regulate traffic while in Jammu these traffic signals would be installed by the end of this year.
Mr Akhoon also stressed the need to streamline the traffic system and other essentials during the Amarnath Ji yatra so that the yatries do not face any inconvenience.