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To streamline and strengthen checking of vehicles

KATTAPPANA: The Excise Department has recommended setting up of an integrated facilitation centre at Bodimettu, Cumbam mettu and Kumily to streamline and strengthen checking of vehicles and people coming in and out of the State.

Excise Deputy Commissioner Thomas K. Abraham told The Hindu on Thursday that the facilitation centre could accommodate excise, police, forest, animal husbandry and commercial tax departments to make the system transparent and easy to coordinate in conducting vehicle-checking.

The facilitation centre could also help the vehicle drivers coming from outside the State by giving information regarding the distance of the place where the goods have to be dispatched and the time for reaching there. “This will help in easing the traffic congestion,” Mr Abraham said.

Single office

By accommodating different departments in a single office, there would be no scope for corruption and other malpractices by the staff of a single department and it will also avoid wastage of time and efforts in conducting vehicle checking.

The Excise Department has also suggested setting up of weighing bridges and vehicle scanners in all the three checking centres. In addition, the department has also mooted for setting up satellite communication facilities where telephone connection is not available and a solar lighting system to monitor the vehicles in a better manner .

On the shortage of staff in the border areas, he said that at least an inspector-level official and enough staff should be posted.

There are taxable goods and non-taxable goods moving across the State, and the facilitation centre could provide the drivers information regarding it, Mr. Abraham said and added that anti-social elements in these border areas have been smuggling produces like cardamom to Tamil Nadu and it should be effectively countered in case a joint move by various department is made.

He said that smuggling of goods and illicit liquor is high in the months of October, September, November and December.

Quality checking

The dairy department has already introduced quality checking of the milk produces arriving from outside the State at Kumily check post. By installing web cameras, the anti-social elements entering through the border areas could be countered.