One app for all ser­vices of trans­port de­part­ment

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - Sid­hartha.Roy@ New Delhi:

New Delhi: From ap­ply­ing for a driv­ing li­cence, find­ing out tim­ings of in­ter-state bus ser­vices, lodg­ing com­plaint about er­rant auto rick­shaw driv­ers to bid­ding for a fancy num­ber plate, all ser­vices of­fered by the Delhi govern­ment’s trans­port de­part­ment and more would now be avail­able at the click of a but­ton.

Soon, the de­part­ment would launch a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion, ten­ta­tively named ‘Delhi Trans­port’, which would put all on­line ser­vices of the de­part­ment in one place. Trans­port de­part­ment of­fi­cials said that the “first ver­sion of the ap­pli­ca­tion is ready and it could be launched any­time soon”.

The de­part­ment has made a ma­jor push to­wards pro­vid­ing more and more ser­vices on­line in the last one year and the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion is the next step to­wards pro­vid­ing the ser­vices more eas­ily to Del­hi­ites un­der a sin­gle win­dow.

“The mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion would be the front end for cit­i­zens and the back end will be in­te­grated to the Sarathi and Vahan soft­ware main­tained by Na­tional In­for­mat­ics Cen­tre (NIC) for spe­cific ser­vices,” an of­fi­cial said.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion would have add-ons too, like lo­ca­tion of your RTO as per your ad­dress, train­ing ma­te­rial for learn­ing li­cense etc. Then there would be links to Delhi-spe­cific ser­vices such as on­line bid­ding for fancy reg­is­tra­tion num­bers,” he added.

The of­fi­cial said that apart from pro­vid­ing the de­part­ment’s on­line ser­vices through the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion, it would also pro­vide train­ing ma­te­rial for be­gin­ners. This ma­te­rial would con­tain a ques­tion bank on the con­tents of a learner’s test and in­clude in­for­ma­tion about road signs and traf­fic rules and reg­u­la­tions.

“We want that apart from ap­pear­ing for a driv­ing test, peo­ple won’t have to visit a RTO at all. Around 50,000 peo­ple visit the RTOs ev­ery day and if we are able to pro­vide all ser­vices on­line, not only would it make the ex­pe­ri­ence of peo­ple has­sle-free, but also ease the bur­den at RTOs,” the of­fi­cial said.

Many govt, aided schools lack fire safety nod: DoE

The de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion (DoE) on Mon­day told the Delhi high court that around 26 govern­ment-run and 105 govern­ment-aided schools did not have valid NOC from the fire ser­vice de­part­ment.

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