Speaking at the J S Karandikar Memorial lecture organized by Union of Working Journalists in Pune, Gadkari said that government was in the process of redefining role of RTO and wished to bring in a more efficient and practical way of issuing driving licenses and streamlining the entire system. Doing away with old, outdated laws and system was on the cards, while the Minister confirmed that the Government was adopting traffic models from the UK and other countries.
Under this system, traffic rule defaulters will receive notices at their residences while appeals to court and losing of the case could bring in three times the fine. This new system is being devised following a string of complaints by citizens while alleging rampant corruption at the RTOs in India where only money rules. Gadkari also addressed issues of other social organizations and NGOs stating that they were a hurdle in the development of the country.
In his speech, Gadkari has claimed that there were other more important projects in the field of power, mining and infrastructure that were put on a back foot due to non clearance from forest and environmental departments while major road projects were also pending due to long and lengthy procedures regarding land acquisition. Gadkari wishes to live upto his promise made to the new BJP government to ensure 2% GDP from port and road sector over a period of the next two years
Motor Vehicles Act will be changed to end corruption in RTO offices, says Gadkari
The government today said that it will introduce Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in the next session of Parliament to end malpractices in Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the country. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari said here that the Amendment Bill is being made, based on the best practices of developed countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK. He said, the Motor Vehicles Act has become obsolete and it needs to be changed for ending corruption in RTO offices. He said, the transport department will be linked to e-governance for bringing total transparency and easy and hassle-free services to the people.
Addressing the Indian Road Congress meeting, Shri Gadkari said that he had committed to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi that Road Transport, Shipping and Inland Waterways will yield Two Percent extra to the GDP of the country. He said that the Highways sector is passing through a bad phase and 19 out of 51 road projects had to be dropped for different reasons. He also lamented that not a single kilometre of highway network could be added in the month of July and pulled up officials and other stake holders to speed up the process to achieve the target of building 30 kms of highways per day in the next two years. Admitting that impediments like land acquisition bill, environmental clearances and Defence and Railways land had stalled many projects, the Minister informed that upto 80 percent of the projects stuck for environment and forest clearances have been solved and land acquisition process and clearances from Railways and Defence are being expedited. Shri Gadkari urged the Indian Roads Congress to concentrate on Research and Development and Designing as per the global standards. He said, this is the right time for the road sector and there will be no dearth of resources including foreign funding but all should focus on time-bound completion of projects.