RTO opens applications for new autorickshaw permits
(From left) NCP corporator Vinod Mhatre, NMMC commissioner Dinesh Waghmare, former MP Sanjeev Naik, mayor Sudhakar Sonawane and house leader Jaiwant Sutar launch NMMC’s calendar ‘Pratima’ at Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium in Vashi on Friday. The NMMC had in December announced a photography contest as part of its Smart City Project. The winning photographs have been featured in the calendar.
Prospective autorickshaw drivers can now apply for permits as the deputy regional transport office (RTO), Vashi, has called for application from Friday.
Interested applicants can submit their applications at the website autopermit2015. mahaonline.gov.in by 5pm, January 7.
Permits will be allotted through online lottery system for the second consecutive year.
Last year, 5,685 applications were received, out of which 2,687 permits were issued in the Navi Mumbai region through the online lottery system.
Sanjay Dhaygude, deputy RTO of Vashi, said, “We have sought online application for auto rickshaw permits and interested persons can apply.”
The state transport department will be re-issuing around 60,000 permits across the state.
Officials said that of these around 35,000 new auto rickshaws will be given permit in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
Additionally, this time, there is also a reservation of 5% for women. However, there is no fixed allocation of number of permits in each region.
“According to the state transport department notification, it has been stated that all the applicants that win in the online lottery will be allocated the permits,” said the official.
For example, if we get 2,000 applicants of which 1,500 have won the lottery, all of them will be issued the permits,” said the official.
The official also said those applying for the permit should see to it that they have valid autorickshaw license and public service vehicle badges.