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Officials rush to meet target

Guwahati, March 19: Assam transport commissioner Beni Madhab Doley has asked transport officials of all districts to beef up their revenue collection efforts to achieve the target before the current fiscal winds up.

“You are requested to go all out and mobilise enforcement staff as well as the motor vehicle wing to augment revenue collection in your districts,” Doley said.

He asked transport officers to perform special drives jointly with police to detect vehicles plying illegally.

“We have set a target of collecting Rs 385 crore as revenue (this fiscal). Till January, we have collected only Rs 294 crore. But we are hopeful that we can achieve our target,” Doley said.

Last year, the department exceeded its target of Rs 340 crore and collected Rs 344 crore as revenue.

The countrywide drop in car sales has adversely affected revenue collection in the state this year. Doley said car sales had dipped by 30 per cent in Assam.

“We have registered a 30 per cent drop in vehicle registration in the state. This has affected our revenue collection.”

The Kamrup district transport officer (registration and licencing), Gautam Das, has appealed to vehicle owners of the district to pay their outstanding road tax before March 31 or face legal consequences according to the Motor Vehicles Act.

People who have not paid road tax and drivers who have not renewed their driving licences can pay the necessary taxes and fees at specified cash counters at the motor vehicles department office at Betkuchi here between 10am and 3pm on all working days.

In a drive against buses in the city today, the Kamrup transport department seized 18 buses, registered nine cases and realised fines worth Rs 18,100. The fines were imposed for failure to install first aid boxes in buses, for not giving tickets to passengers and for failure of the driver and conductor to wear uniforms.

DTO Gautam Das, DTO (enforcement) Munin Das and secretary of Regional Transport Authority Dwijen Das led the operation.