PUNE: State Transport Minister Diwakar Raote said the Transport Department has weakened due to staff shortage at Regional Transport Offices (RTO) and sub-offices.
He was speaking at a function in Dive village on Saswad Road, where he inaugurated a new ‘brake test track’ constructed by Pune RTO.
He said, “There was a need to recruit 1,000 officers in the department 13 years ago. The proposal was discussed for three years, following which only 100 officers were recruited. There was also a suggestion that instead of recruiting officers, mechanics should be hired. Thus, the recruitment of officers was delayed for many years.”
Raote expressed displeasure about senior officials in the department having little knowledge about engineering.
He said that considering a large number of vehicles in the city, there is a need to build another ‘brake tasting track’, for which a financial allocation would be made soon. Raote said, “Transport officials and employees of the department should present a good image to visitors so that they give positive feedback. Citizens should cooperate by considering the scope of the work done by the Transport Department with less manpower compared to other departments.”
He said for the work of the brake test slot, Rs 1.31 crore has been sanctioned. Facilities such as offices, waiting desks, water supply, electricity, internal connectivity and parking and sanitation will be made available from this fund.
Pune Regional Transport Officer Babasaheb Ajri said the ‘brake tasting track’ was built with the help of financial contributions from local individuals. At the event, those who made financial contribution were felicitated with a memento and a helmet. “The new track will enable tasting of 300 vehicles every day. Presently, Pune RTO generates revenue of Rs 1,800 crore per year for the state exchequer, which is the highest in the State. We brought most of the services online for the convenience of users and to improve transparency,” said Ajri.
State Minister for Water Resources Vijay Shivtekar, Principal Secretary of Sewerage Department Manoj Soniik, Deputy Secretary Prasad Mahajan, Regional Transport Officer Babasaheb Ajri, Sub-Regional Transport Officers Sanjay Raut and Vinod Sagre were present for the inauguration.