25 pc rise likely in Transport revenue

25 pc rise likely in Transport revenue

The department, which has already collected Rs 2,078 crore (upto January-end) as against the target of Rs 2,200 crore has seen close to 10 per cent growth over the previous year, whereas  it had collected Rs 1,892 crore at the end of March 2010.

Transport Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told Deccan Herald that his department, going by the collections up to end of January, was eyeing another Rs 300-Rs 400 crore by the end of March this year, making it a 25 per cent jump.

These figures, transport department officials explained, are including collections from the State Transport Units (STUs) including the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation and the Karnataka Road Transport Corporation.

Compared to the revenue of Rs 1,646 crore registered in the   financial year 2008-09, the jump in this year’s collections would be a handsome 18 per cent.

Further, officials told Deccan Herald that the department has demanded for drivers’ training centres in Dharwad and Bangalore, which will enhance the quality of the drivers and reduce accidents. The centres, officials said, would not only train the drivers on the driving aspects but will also concentrate on their overall development, including communication skill with the passengers.

Besides, officials said that the department, under the State Government’s e-Governance schemes will request for a complete transformation, aimed at making the system more transparent, so it helps the citizen.

“We are proposing for a system called Enterprises Resource Plan (ERP), using which  we wish to track the efficiency of each worker besides allowing the public to keep a tab on what the department and its officials are doing on a regular basis,” an official said.