PUNE: The Maharashtrian New Year, Gudi Padwa lacked the usual rush of business at automobile dealers in Pune with not a single new Bharat Stage VI vehicle being registered with the Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) on Wednesday.
Very few vehicles of BS-IV were sold but the registration is still pending with the RTO.
Gudi Padwa is considered an auspicious day for buying a vehicle and, every year, the automobile dealers do brisk business on this day.
The RTO had given March 24 to registered all BS IV vehicles, but the spread of pandemic COVID -19 caused the Centre to lock down the nation. As per instructions, if a BS- IV vehicle is not registered on time given by RTO, it will be scrapped.
"The data of number of vehicles sold is not available with RTO as the staff is not coming to the office and from Monday, the office has almost closed. Before the lockdown a few BS-IV vehicles were registered but not a single BS-VI vehicle registered with the RTO," said a senior officer of RTO.
Neeraj Kudale of Maruti Suzuki said that although the sale of vehicles had picked in the first week of March, it plunged following detection of the first Covid-19 positive case in the city.
"There no sale happening at the moment. Everything is stopped," said Kudale. He said that for many dealers - apart from loss of business - uncleared BS-IV stock is a big worry.
Around 7198 vehicles were registered with RTO in 2019 on Gudi Padwa and generated Rs 33.11 crore as revenue.
In 2018, the RTO registered 7279 vehicles and generated Rs 31.40 crore revenue.