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IN THE EYE OF A STORM: The Transport Department's test track at Nagole, which the PTO wants to use for setting up its new office. Photo: Satish H.
IN THE EYE OF A STORM: The Transport Department's test track at Nagole, which the PTO wants to use for setting up its new office. Photo: Satish H.

S. Sandeep Kumar

Transport Department has spent nearly Rs. 2 crores on track

HYDERABAD: The Transport Department is in a fix as the Police Transport Organisation (PTO) is likely to take back the 11-acre Nagole test track site on the city fringes.

The move is a result of the Government recently directing the PTO to vacate their premises at Petlaburz near City College to construct a new wing for Nayapul Maternity Hospital.

The PTO is now proposing to use the Nagole site for establishing its new office.

The PTO in an understanding with the Regional Transport Authority permitted the Transport Department to utilise the 11-acre site at Ramanthapur to develop the Nagole test track. The track was established in 2003 and nearly Rs. 2 crores has been spent on the track since then.

The Nagole track is being used by the Transport Department for issuing driving licences and other activities, including storage of seasoned vehicles. "We were proposing to construct two more test tracks on the site in addition to the three already there.

Alternatives

There were also proposals to strengthen the site by laying stipulated roads," said a senior Transport official. Already, a team comprising of police, revenue and transport officials has carried out an inspection and two alternative sites of seven acres behind the Nagole track and in interiors of Nagole village have been identified for allotting a new site to the Transport Department. "Establishing a new track with state-of-the-art facilities requires not less than Rs. 3 crores. It took us nearly 18 months to establish the Nagole track and if we are to establish a new track it will be another cumbersome process," said the official.


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