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Bus depots have adequate stock of diesel, says Minister

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Fuel storage to be topped up regularly from petroleum majors

Increasing facilities: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam (first left) inaugurating the RTO office at Attur in Salem district on Thursday. Transport Minister K.N. Nehru (third left) is in the picture. - Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan
Increasing facilities: Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam (first left) inaugurating the RTO office at Attur in Salem district on Thursday. Transport Minister K.N. Nehru (third left) is in the picture. - Photo: E. Lakshmi Narayanan

State Transport Minister K. N. Nehru has said that all bus depots of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation have adequate stocks of diesel and hence there is no cause for worry.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the 63 {+r} {+d} RTO office here and another one for the Motor Vehicle Inspector at Vazhapadi on Thursday, which Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam declared open, Mr. Nehru said that the storage of diesel would be supplemented from the petroleum majors once in two days regularly and also dismissed the claims of a few that the transport corporations were hit by diesel shortage.

Saying that the talks on wages for transport workers had been completed, the Minister pointed out that each employee would get a minimum of Rs. 2,000 and a maximum of Rs. 4,535 as wage increase.

“The Chief Minister has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 521 crore for this and the agreement with unions will be signed on January 7,” he said.

He added that the distribution of ‘smart cards' for RC, driving license and other details will begin in the State within two weeks.

Around 1.30 crore vehicles had been registered in Tamil Nadu of which 49 lakh had been added in the last four-and-a-half years.

Each year saw an additional 11 lakh vehicles getting added to the existing list.

The smart card system would bring in transparency and eliminate the stolen and dubious vehicle registrations.

“Hence to reduce the difficulties of the general public, new RTO offices are being opened in the State. As many as 40 new Regional Transport Offices (RTO) have been inaugurated in the last four-and-a-half years of DMK regime and 39 of them are functioning in own buildings,” he said.

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