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10 September 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: In a major meeting of the Transport and Commerce Department on Tuesday, the senior officials decided that there will be no relaxation for drunken drivers violating traffic norms. The drivers caught by enforcement squads driving under the influeence of alcohol will be heavily penalised, said Transport Secretary, G Srinivas.

The Secretary held a meeting with senior officials and RTOs across Odisha over video conferencing and discussed about staff and infrastructure requirements. The meeting holds significance as Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday asked the police and Transport Department to soften the enforcement drives.

There will be no relief for traffic violators who do not use helmets or put on seat belts. However, there will be a relaxation while verification of documents pertaining to pollution and insurance, he added. "The operation of middlemen will be strictly checked and additional workforce will be deployed to facilitate documentation for vehicle users," said Srinivas.

"We will setup additional slots, add manpower and work days at RTO offices for learners license and driving license. Similarly, for pollution testing, we will authorise more number of vendors to carry out the required checks," Transport Commissioner Sanjeeb Panda said.

G Srinivas, Secretary, Transport Department, Odisha

Sanjeeb Panda, Transport Commissioner, Odisha