Anil Kumar Sastry

It’ll ensure proper account of vehicles and revenue collection

Counter will be set up to record number of vehicles entering State

Digitisation will ensure prompt collection of revenue

BANGALORE: The digitisation of the Transport Department aimed at bringing in transparency is likely to be completed by February first week when 15 border checkposts are expected to be computerised.

Even though all the 55 offices of Regional Transport Officers and independent ARTOs were fully computerised last month, the checkposts were left out.

These 55 offices have started issuing smart card-based driving licences and registration certificates.

However, the 15 border checkposts at strategic locations on national and State highways on the State’s borders are yet be digitised.

These are the places that record the number of vehicles moving inter-State and collect road tax and permit fee. Digitisation of these offices will ensure transparency and provide exact details of the number of vehicles entering the State.

Transport Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said that by February first week, all these checkposts would be digitised and connected to the Department’s network.

Mr. Rao told The Hindu that many of the checkposts function from ramshackle structures and the Department’s proposal to the government to provide own buildings is yet to be cleared.

At present, the checkposts do not come under the Karnataka State Wide Area Network, through which all departments are connected. The Department has urged the e-Governance Department to include checkposts under KS-WAN, Mr. Rao said.

At present, details of vehicles entering the State, their permit details including fee paid and validity, payment of tax and such other things are collected manually.

This process is always susceptible for manipulation where the Government has been losing substantial revenue.

These practices will be a thing of the past once digitisation is complete, Mr. Rao said.

Besides digitisation, a vehicle counter, to record the number of vehicles, would be set up at these locations. The camera installed in these counters would not only take the picture of the vehicle, but also will capture the registration number.

Cases of using bogus permits or duplicate permits to evade payment of permit fee, evasion of payment of road tax and similar falsification of documents could effectively be curbed through proper monitoring from the RTO concerned or even from the central office, Mr. Rao pointed out.

Commercial vehicles from other States, which enter Karnataka on temporary permit and overstay in the State, could easily be detected with the help of digitisation.

The system thus will ensure prompt collection of revenue.

Of all the checkposts, Zalki and Attibele collect the highest revenue — over Rs. 10 crore a year.

The other checkposts are located at Nangli, Bagepalli, Gauribidanur, Gundlupet, Talapadi, Humnabad, Aland, Kogganahalli (Nippani), Ramanagar (on Goa border), Royalapad, Chikkahole Dam, Hagari and Kagwad.