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Avail Road permits in UP in a day

Written by: Staff
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Lucknow, June 21 (UNI) In a major reform to revive the public transport system, Uttar Pradesh government has announced new policy of first come first serve' for the issue of road permits to public carriers in a day on all non nationalized routes.

The state government has also initiated a process for the strengthening of public transport infrastructure through a public-private partnership and for a turn around of the loss making UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC).

The decisions were taken at the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mayawati here today.

Briefing mediapersons, state cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh said that the earlier system of issue of permits to private bus owners through Regional Transport Authority (RTA) was cumbersome and a breeding ground for corruption. For the issue of permits, the powers under the Motor Vehicle Act have now been delegated to the Regional Transport Officer (RTO) or ARTO.

Under the new policy the RTO will issue permit the same day to any transporter who owns a bus and makes an application for the permit along with the required documents.

''The permit at any cost will be issued the same day'', he said.

Mr Singh said there will be no limit on the issue of permits on each non nationalised route, which would be issued on 'first come first serve' basis. The cabinet secretary said this decision has been necessitated by the growth in passenger road traffic in recent years and the public sector, UPSRTC, was unable to cope up with the growing number of passengers with its available fleet of over 6,000 buses.

In another major decision for improvement of public transport infrastructure, the government has ordered a study by the newly constituted 'Infrastructure Department' to explore the possibility of inviting private investment in transport sector with the aim of augmenting the number of buses plying on nationalised routes and improving facilities at bus stations.

Mr Singh said the infrastructure department will also hire the services of a private consultancy firm and the study will be completed in the next three months.

The cabinet secretary said the objectives of this exercise are to improve the connectivity between the small town's tehsil headquarters and district headquarters by involving the private investment.

He said the ultimate aim of the process is to create new employment opportunities and the study would observe all possible options to improve the public transport infrastructure in the state.

The cabinet secretary said there was no proposal for the privatisation of the loss making UPSRTC. The accumulated losses of the PSU transport body were Rs 763 crore by the end of March 2007.

Meanwhile, the state cabinet has also decided to continue relaxation of DM circle rate given to the Development Authorities in land deal for another one year.

Now the Development Authorities can make their own rate of fee for registration till March 31, 2008.

UNI

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