Anil Kumar Sastry

Transport Department has signed an agreement with Delhi-based firm for the purpose

The last office to be computerised was the ARTO at Nagamangala

The contract will be in force for 15 years or issue of one crore licences

BANGALORE: All the 55 regional transport and assistant regional transport (independent charge) offices in the State have been enabled to issue smart card-based driving licences (DL) and registration certificates (RC).

The last office to be computerised was the ARTO at Nagamangala in Mandya district on Wednesday, according to Transport Commissioner Bhaskar Rao.

The department signed an agreement with Rosmerta Technologies Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, on February 25 for providing the facility under public-private partnership. According to the agreement, the project was scheduled to be completed by September-end.

With this, new licences and certificates would be issued in the form of smart cards throughout the State, he pointed out.

As all transport offices were interlinked through the department’s own network as well as Karnataka State Wide Area Network, officers could verify registration and licence details pertaining to other offices online, he added.

15-year contract

To convert the existing 65 lakh RCs and 75 lakh DLs into smart cards, the consortium has been given two years, while it has to digitise the legacy data within nine months. The contract will be in force for 15 years for issue of one crore new licences and one crore new certificates, whichever is earlier, and the department will charge Rs. 200 each for smart card licence and certificate.

Of the Rs. 200 fee for licence, the consortium will retain Rs. 49 and remit Rs. 151 to the Government.

In the fee for the certificate, the consortium will retain Rs. 63.

The project has been undertaken under the ‘Computerised service delivery system in all transport offices in Karnataka’.

The private partner will provide hardware and software and ensure availability of smart cards in all offices. It will also undertake backlog data entry and ongoing data entry services during the agreement period.

The partner will also provide an insurance cover of Rs. 1 lakh in case of death in road accidents and Rs. 50,000 in case of permanent disability for smart card DL holders for the first year.

Transport welfare

The Government has planned to implement “Transport Welfare and Road Safety” for the benefit of general public by way of implementation of various programmes and activities. This programme will be funded through 50 per cent of the funds remitted to the Government towards smart-card fee.

A committee headed by the Chief Secretary will oversee implementation of this project.

Some of the programmes proposed under this project include activities for the welfare of transport vehicle drivers, alternative technology development, promoting innovative ideas such as popularising GPS on vehicles, road safety programme to support selected NGOs, modernisation of the department, construction of driving tracks in RTOs, awareness campaigns, installation of driving simulators in RTOs, and the like.