The new Sub Regional Transport Office (SRTO) at Mira Bhayandar under Thane RTO will start functioning in a few days. Minister for Transport Anil Parab is expected to inaugurate the new office next week, informed Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik. This will reduce the workload of Thane Regional Transport Office and well as bring easiness for the residents of Mira Bhayandar.
The new SRTO will be at Ghodbunder and will cover entire Mira Bhayandar limits. Earlier, Transport Minister has suggested SRTO at the reservation plot of ST Depot in Bhayandar West. However, due to the refrained mood of MSRTC, it has shifted to Ghodbunder.
In March, Pratap Sarnaik met Mr Parab and asked for the Sub Regional Transport Office at Mira Bhayandar. Mr Parab had confirmed the SRTO and it had decided for the opening of the office on May 01, Maharashtra Diwas and International Labour’s Day. However, due to Coronavirus Pandemic, the Ministry has postponed the inauguration ceremony.
“Now, it has decided to build SRTO Mira Bhayandar on MBMT Bus Depot land at Ghodbunder,” said Sarnaik.
“After the inauguration, two-wheelers and four-wheelers licences will be available immediately. However, the service of three-wheelers passing has to be done from Thane, presently. Nevertheless, we are working on it, if track build, the service will start here,” informed Sarnaik.
The building for Sub Regional Transport Office is ready. There will be six windows to be operational here. There are 1500 new licence applications and 800 renewals pending in Thane RTO from Mira Bhayandar. However, they will be shifted from there to new SRTO.
The RTO Thane hopes that the decentralised operations will help them reduce the workload on their staff, speed up file processing and cater to more people in Mira Bhayandar.
The officials point out that the new unit will be able to carry out more awareness campaigns on safe driving and enforcement activities to track offenders. However, they required the number of patrol vehicles and staff to ensure effective functioning.