Com­mit­tee in the off­ing to look into trans­porters’ woes

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VASHI: A co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee com­pris­ing trans­porters and of­fi­cials of var­i­ous state gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and re­lated stake­hold­ers will soon be formed to look into the is­sues faced by the trans­porters.

The an­nounce­ment was made at a pro­gramme to mark the di­a­mond ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions of the Fed­er­a­tion of Bom­bay Mo­tor Trans­port Op­er­a­tors at the Cidco Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in Vashi on Thurs­day.

The theme of the cel­e­bra­tion was Road Trans­port Safety and En­vi­ron­ment. “Road safety has al­ways been our pri­mary con­cern and hence, it is our theme to­day. We reg­u­larly or­gan­ise aware­ness and health camps for our mem­bers,” said Daljit Singh Bal, pres­i­dent, Fed­er­a­tion of Bom­bay Mo­tor Trans­port Op­er­a­tors.

Ex­plain­ing the need for a co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee, Bal Malkit Singh, chair­man of the com­mit­tee that or­gan­ised the func­tion, said, “It is not just the trans­port min­istry that we have to deal with. We also have to deal with the PWD, home min­istry, traf­fic po­lice, MMRDA and other such gov­ern­ment de­part­ments. We want the pres­ence of all the stake­hold­ers in the co­or­di­na­tion com­mit­tee to en­sure our is­sues are heard and re­solved at the ear­li­est.”

Gau­tam Ch­hater­jee, ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary (trans­port and ports), who was the chief guest at the func­tion, said, “We wel­come the idea and will surely help form it. We will wait for a pro­posal from the fed­er­a­tion on the stake­hold­ers to be in­cluded and then form the com­mit­tee.”

Speak­ing on some of their de­mands, Singh said, “There is traf­fic con­ges­tion at the JNPT with ve­hi­cles queu­ing up for sev­eral kilo­me­ters along the stretch. This is a crim­i­nal waste of time and money and also causes law and or­der is­sues.”

“To de­con­gest the city, fa­cil­i­ties such as truck ter­mi­nals and park­ing lots need to be made a part of ur­ban plan­ning. Such fa­cil­i­ties should be pro­vided at the en­try points,” said Singh.

“We should have an on­line fa­cil­ity to pay taxes in­stead of go­ing to the RTO,” added Singh.

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