parivahan.gov.in a big hit; around 1,600 applications for autorickshaw permits received on first day
Pune: The Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune launched the online facility for autorickshaw permit, which was scrapped by the State government recently, and it turned out to be a hit on the first day. Around 1,600 new applications were received on Monday. The system was launched by Pune Mayor Mukta Tilak.
The website ‘parivahan.gov.in’ is developed by the National Informatics Center (NIC), the information technology backbone of the country, Pune and New Delhi centre. The new registration system to issue permits to new autorickshaws in Pune.
“With the new system, applicants can file their application and pay online, but they cannot apply for multiple permits, which was possible in the manual system. The applicants have to submit their licence number and batch number for appointment. They have to pay a fee of Rs 500 for the first time. No more documents are required during the appointment.
The applicants have to come on the appointment day and then they can submit their documents”, said Balasaheb Ajri, Regional Transport Officer, Pune.
The new system will save the drivers from the clutches of agents and touts at RTOs, besides making the process transparent, he added.
After Maharashtra government’s decision to de-freeze autorickshaw and taxis permits last month, the transport department had asked NIC to make the necessary revisions in its Vahan 4.0 system.
The upgraded system will be used across Maharashtra after trials are conducted at Pune RTO. “The improved system will allow autorickshaw drivers to apply for permits and pay online so they don’t have to run around RTOs and can get the work done even from home,” the official said.
After the government announced the de-freezing autorickshaw and taxi permits, several people had already applied for it. According to sources, most of the applications that RTOs in suburbs have received are for autorickshaw permits.
Citizen Service Centres
The applicant scan reach Citizen Service Centres (CSC) in urban areas and SANGRAM centres in rural areas for online application submission. There are 2,000 CSCs across Pune district. It would also reduce the number of people visiting RTO offices and save a lot of the applicants’ time. It will bring transparency and keep a check on corruption, said Balasaheb Ajari.
Mukta Tilak, Pune Mayor, felicitated Sania Kulkarni and Rutuja Budukh, both from Cummins College of Engineering for Women, for saving the life of Aniket Barwekar (21), who was knocked down by a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus near Karishma Society in Kothrud on July 25. They took Barwekar to Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, where he was operated upon immediately. Their quick action saved his life.