Mangaluru, dec 24, 2015 : Reports indicate, RTO Transport Department has decided to shift activities involving inspection of heavy vehicles and issuing fitness certificates to Bangra Kulur, off National Highway 66, on the way to Udupi.
Inspecting heavy vehicles, including buses and multi-axle trucks, within and near the office of Deputy Commissioner of Transport and Senior Regional Transport Officer at Pandeshwar had been causing severe traffic snarls in the heart of the city. Media had highlighted the facts recently.
According to the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Transport and Senior RTO G.S. Hegde, the district administration has permitted the department to use about 2.5 acres of government land abutting National Highway 66 at Bangra Kulur to conduct inspection and also issue fitness certificates to heavy vehicles. The department has to make temporary arrangements on the open space to undertake the activities. The activities are likely to be shifted by the first week of January, he said. It is a temporary measure till the department gets 10 acres of land allotted to it by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board at Phajir-Mudipu and the required facilities are constructed, he added.
DK DC Adoor.B. Ibrahim said that the land is offered on temporary basis to help the department avert traffic congestion in the heart of the city.
Present position : During weekdays, heavy vehicles, including multi-axle trucks and buses and other heavy vehicles, used to line up in front of the RTO office on Maidan Road abutting Nehru Maidan.
Many drivers of vehicles in their attempt to enter and exit the RTO office used to block one of the two-carriageways. As the Maidan Road is the only approach road to State Bank bus stand catering to private city, service and express buses, the heavy vehicles parked there proved to be a bane for free movement of traffic.
While the district administration had been urging the department to shift the inspection activities outside the city, the department did not get suitable land. Though it was allotted land at Phajir-Mudipu, registration is getting delayed on technical issues, RTO Hegde said.
The gesture of the DK Deputy Commissioner has come as a breather to the department, which was being accused of stalling free flow of traffic in the city.