City sees sharp rise in ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tion on Ak­shaya Tri­tiya

Vashi RTO has been reg­is­ter­ing 120 two-wheel­ers ev­ery day as the fes­ti­val ap­proaches

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The re­gional trans­port of­fice (RTO) in Vashi has wit­nessed a no­tice­able in­crease in the reg­is­tra­tion of pri­vate ve­hi­cles this Ak­shaya Tri­tiya.

While reg­is­tra­tion of twowheel­ers has gone up by al­most 40%, reg­is­tra­tion of cars has seen an in­crease by al­most 60% in the past few days. It is be­lieved that any­thing bought on the aus­pi­cious day of Ak­shaya Tri­tiya brings good luck, not only to the buyer but to his/ her en­tire fam­ily.

“The buy­ers choose ve­hi­cles from show­rooms and com­plete all for­mal­i­ties of reg­is­ter­ing those a few days ahead of the fes­ti­val. On the aus­pi­cious day, they come with their fam­i­lies and take the ve­hi­cles home,” said DV Mo­dak, as­sis­tant road trans­port of­fi­cer (RTO), Vashi.

Ac­cord­ing to Mo­dak, on an av­er­age, 80 two-wheel­ers are reg­is­tered in the RTO ev­ery day. How­ever, they are now reg­is­ter­ing around 120 two-wheel­ers reg­u­larly for past four to five days. Around 40 ve­hi­cle buy­ers ap­proach them ev­ery day to regis­ter their four-wheel­ers. This num­ber has now gone up to around 65.

“Apart from Ak­shaya Tri­tiya, the reg­is­tra­tion of ve­hi­cles sees hike dur­ing Gudi Padwa, Ganesh Chaturthi, Di­wali and Dussehra. How­ever, the hike was minimal dur­ing the Gudi Padwa this year,” he added.

In the last fi­nan­cial year, 24,354 mo­tor cy­cles, 1,966 tourist taxis, 2,445 auto rick­shaws, 143 school buses, 2,609 trucks, 267 tankers, 18 am­bu­lances and 364 trail­ers were reg­is­tered at the Vashi RTO. The to­tal num­ber of ve­hi­cle in their ju­ris­dic­tion is now 3,84,551.

“An­other time when more peo­ple regis­ter their ve­hi­cles is just af­ter the New Year. The com­pa­nies launch new mod­els at

that time and the ve­hi­cles reach the show­rooms by Jan­uary 15. So from that time to Fe­bru­ary end, peo­ple buy ve­hi­cles and thus the num­ber of reg­is­tra­tion in­creases at our of­fice,” an­other

of­fi­cial said.

The num­ber of ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered with Vashi RTO de­creased in 2013 be­cause lo­cal body tax (LBT) was in­tro­duced by the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal

Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC).

Peo­ple started go­ing to RTOs in other places of the state where there was no LBT. Af­ter LBT was scrapped, more peo­ple are reg­is­tered their ve­hi­cles at this of­fice.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Peo­ple buy ve­hi­cles from show­rooms and com­plete all reg­is­tra­tion for­mal­i­ties a few days be­fore the fes­ti­val.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Some show­rooms have started an­nounc­ing easy loans to pur­chase ve­hi­cles.

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