Hyderabad: The Chief Minister Dr K Rosaiah today emphatically told the Transport officials that he is very much concerned about the continuing road accidents and loss of innocent lives. "I am much worried about the daily reports of road accidents. Something has to be done. And it should be done fast. This cannot go on like this". After a detailed and thorough discussion over the issue, it has been decided to reconstitute a Road Safety Council with the Chief Minister as the Chairman. This Council will coordinate with all departments concerned to ensure road safety in the State. It has also been decided to establish A.P. Road Safety Authority and bring in a legislation to provide all authority and powers to the proposed Authority.
The Chief Minister also agreed that the Road Transport Authority will be permitted to hire larger vehicles for effective enforcement after concurrence from the Finance Department. The Department will be strengthened for better enforcement and road safety at a cost of Rs. 9.30 crores. The Chief Minister agreed the proposal in principle. There will also be special recruitment for Junior Assistants and constables. It was also decided that 38 MVI offices in the State will be fully computerised. It was also proposed that Vehicle Fitness Centers could be established by APSRTC in a phased manner under overall control of the Transport Dept. It was also decided to ask the HMDA and VUDA to undertake construction of bus stands for contract carriage buses since these buses are being parked all over the main roads in busy places. The Chief Minister was informed that the RTA in Andhra Pradesh Issues 5.50 lakh Licences per year.
The RTA also registers 9.90 lakhs vehicles per year and grants permits for 2.02 lakhs vehicles per year. It delivers services through 43 RTO offices and 42 Unit Offices and 37 MVI offices. It conducts 28,000 Transactions per day and the computerization has enabled faster access, greater transparency and accountability. The Chief Minister was informed that all bookings are now only through online, E-seva slot booking introduced in October 2009 with the effect that there are phenomenal reduction in the total foot falls in the office and substantial Reduction in the influence of agents. Scientific Driving Tracks have been established in all districts with Slot booking for driving test and Licences are delivered through speed post. Dr Rosaiah was informed that while the achievement of RTA was only Rs.377 crores in 1998-99, it shot up to Rs.2007 crores during 2009-10 and the target is Rs.2778 crores during 2010-11.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the functioning of A.P. State Road Transport Corporation and asked the RTC to go for fresh avenues to increase its revenues and also increase the occupancy in all RTC buses particularly in the mofussil services. Principal Secretary, Transport, S,.P. Singh, Commissioner, Transport, Raymond Peter, Secretary, Finance, Sekhar Babu, MD, APSRTC, B,. Prasada Rao and other officials attended the meeting.