Pune: The Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) is all set to start new vehicle fitness test track at Dive near Saswad and in Pimpri-Chinchwad. The 250-metre test tracks are ready and will start functioning by the end of October, informed a transport officer.
The Bombay High Court had ordered all RTOs in the State to set up a 250-metre test track for the vehicle fitness test.
Accordingly, the Pune RTO has constructed two test tracks - one in Saswad and the other in Pimpri-Chinchwad near RTO office.
The department has set up a testing track in the ground of Pimpri RTO. The test tracks are ready but the other works like construction of the shed, the surrounding road, etc, got delayed due to rains.
Shrikant Karve, a Pune resident, had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in Bombay High Court regarding all public and freight vehicles including Volvo buses violating rules during the fitness test.
In February 2016, while hearing this petition, the court had given an order to all the RTOs to construct a testing track of up to 250 metres within six months.
“If there is no proper track to check the fitness of vehicles, then stop issuing fitness certificates,” the Bombay High Court had ordered the State government. Acting on this order, the transport commissioner had asked all the RTOs that only those having 250-metre track will be able to issue fitness certificates, while others should stop issuing the certificates.
“Later, in-charge of the State’s counsel Rohit Dev had assured the court that such tracks will be constructed soon. After this, the Pune RTO office took steps to set up a test track in Saswad area and in the ground of Pimpri-Chinchwad RTO.
Considering that RTO was struggling to locate the ideal place for these tracks, the court had twice given them an extension in April and May respectively. Accordingly, both the offices have completed the testing track.
The completion of all the pending work has been finished and we are very hopeful to start fitness tests from next month,” said Regional Transport Officer Babasaheb Azari on Wednesday.