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As ‘darkness’ loomed, a cine-style rescue for RTO

Vivek Narayanan
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risk of paralysisVirugambakkam RTO has not been provided a generator despite constant appeals —Photo: S.S. Kumar
risk of paralysisVirugambakkam RTO has not been provided a generator despite constant appeals —Photo: S.S. Kumar

If there is one government office in the city where the 9 a.m. – 5 pm. power shutdown sends officers into a tizzy, it is the Virugambakkam Regional Transport Office.

The RTO, one of the few government offices in the city which does not have a diesel generator, faces the prospect of work getting paralysed on such occasions.

On Thursday when such a situation occurred, it took some timely help from Anand Cine Service’s mobile diesel generator unit to save the day. The unit which is usually used for movie shootings kept work on track at the RTO

The RTO at Virugambakkam began functioning around seven years back. Around 400 people visit the office daily for licence tests and renewal and vehicle registration. On days when there is a shutdown, the officials struggle to carry out the documentation work. “We are able to conduct only licence tests. The regular office work takes a beating as the computers do not work,” said a source.

On Thursday, the officers realised that there was no power supply only when they reached office around 10 a.m. “We have been asking the TANGEDCO officials to inform us of the shutdown beforehand. But they never tell us and we come to know only after we come to office,” said the source.

In order to avoid hardship to the public, the officials hurriedly called up the mobile generator unit that is used for movie shooting. “By 11 a.m., we started getting supply from the generator. We were able to carry out the official work only after this. ,” said the source.

There are around 51 RTOs across the state and 12 in the city. “Most of the RTOs have been supplied with generators. We have sent proposals for a generator, but to no avail. Many of the offices that have the generators do not even get proper diesel supply. It is very difficult to discharge official work if there is no power supply,” said the source.

An official from Anand Cine Service said that the ‘donation’ was for public benefit.

“We did not charge them for this. We did not want the official work to be affected,” said the official.

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