Prepaid auto counter at Kankanady rly station soon

RTO assures participants at Transport Adalat

Prepaid auto counter at Kankanady rly station soon

The new pre-paid autorickshaw counter will be shortly set up at Kankanady railway junction, on a space 10 meters away from the junction. The Mangalore City Corporation has agreed to develop the bed for setting up the pre-paid kiosk, said Regional Transport Officer (RTO) C Mallikarjuna.

He was speaking at the regional transport adalat organised by the Regional Transport Office in the city on Wednesday. Various issues related to the transport and traffic police departments were raised by general public in the adalat. Nagarika Hita Vedike President Gerard Towers complained about incessant honking by bus and other vehicle drivers, specially near schools and hospitals in the evening when there is heavy traffic on the city roads. In reply, the officer, said the department has decided to make Lady Goschen, Wenlock hospital and Jyothi Circle areas as ‘no horn zone.’

When the issue of pathetic condition of driving test track in Vamanjoor was raised by general public who alleged the department for failing to develop a standard track even after continuous demands, the RTO said that the KIADB has sanctioned land for developing testing ground in Mudipu. The work on developing the ground with automated driving test track will start soon after the government sanctions the fund.

Nagarika Hitharakshana Vedike President Hanumanth Kamath brought the problem of traffic congestion created near PVS Circle due to haphazard parking of long route private buses, to the notice of the officer.

“The traffic is blocked after 8 pm every night near PVS Circle and KSRTC bus stand in Bejai. These private buses are parked haphazardly causing inconvenience to other commuters. Hence, the traffic department has to deploy at least two traffic police in both the places for traffic management,” he demanded. He also complained of the rash driving of service buses travelling to Surathkal and Udupi.

Tab on gas tankers

Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) District President Muneer Katipalla complained of LPG tankers failing to adhere by the rules laid by the transport authorities to carry two drivers and one cleaner during every trip. “Though the then deputy commissioner had strictly instructed the oil and natural gas companies to compulsorily recruit three personnel in every tanker, the companies are not following the directions,” he alleged. Reacting to it, the transport officer said LPG tankers are under scrutiny in the aftermath of Perne gas tragedy. The department has booked cases against several tankers for violating the rule and 70 per cent of the tankers are plying in the presence of two drivers and a cleaner, he clarified.

When a person grieved about the delay in issuing smart cards, the RTO said there was an inordinate delay in issuing smart cards and driving licences as the service now comes under Sakaala. The RTO is doing its best to provide better services to people who come to the office. Token system will be introduced in the office within a few days for the hassle-free functioning. The department is aware of the complaints regarding the poor quality of photos printed in smart cards.

This problem too will be addressed soon. The department has already written to the authorities seeking new high quality cameras, Mallikarjuna said.

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