The state transport department plans to make its service effective and simpler, by computerising its services and setting up four more regional transport officer (RTO) offices in the city.
Announced in the 2013-14 budget tabled on Friday, the computerisation will cost of ` 15 crore and the new RTOs will be set up at Chamarajpet, Banashankari, Marathahalli and RT Nagar.
The computerised system will include an online collection of vehicle registration, e-payment of dues for registration, e-payment of motor vehicle tax and fee (over the next three months). It will also allow the automatic formation of a database of vehicles registered at the dealer level.
"We will begin with the payment of vehicle registration online. Data of vehicle registration can also be immediately scanned and sent when payments are made. The process will ensure that people do not have to run around to make DDs for the payment. The idea is to make the process less cumbersome. We have already tied up with State Bank of India and State Bank of Mysore for the process," KR Srinivas, Transport Commissioner, said.
In time, the services will be extended to other areas. "We will start with payment towards vehicle registration in the next 10-15 days and expand to other services in time. In time, forms will be available online, and payments can be made online, etc," Srinivas said.
Revolving fund for Mega City
The Chief Minister has set up a mega city revolving fund of ` 1,133 crore for infrastructure projects in the city, which will be a "major step in making urban infrastructure self reliant". A sum of ` 6,203 crore has also been set apart for the development of Bangalore city for 2013-14. Six Municipal Corporations and 8 cities in the state and areas around the BIAL will also see development based on the comprehensive report of transport and traffic. These areas, and rapidly growing tier-two cities will be the focus of development with the government planning schemes for traffic management as well as pedestrian and cycling facilities.
No new projects
With the BMRCL awaiting approval from the union government approval for Phase 2 of the Metro project, the state government has not come out with anything new for Namma Metro.
Also missing in the budget book are mentions of mono rail, high Speed rail link to the airport or the bus rapid transport system (the concept plan for which was recently submitted) to the government. However, Jagadish Shettar, the Chief minister announced that Phase 1 of the Metro project will be completed by December 2014, with 66% of the physical project completed so far.