Gudi Padwa, the Maharashtrian New Year and an auspicious day for Hindus, marked the registration of over 800 new vehicles in the city in a single day.
Regional Transport Offices (RTO) in Mumbai registered 827 new vehicles on Thursday. The largest number, 427 – which included 232 two-wheelers and 195 four-wheelers – was catalogued at the Andheri RTO, generating revenue of Rs1.16crore for the state.
The lowest figure of 97 – 60 two-wheelers and 37 four-wheelers were registered at the Tardeo RTO, generating
revenue of about Rs28 lakh.
However, these 97 were in addition to the 500 new vehicles registered at Tardeo on Tuesday and Wednesday. “Normally, people complete registration formalities on the previous day of the occasion so that they can take possession of the vehicle the next day itself. Therefore, there was a huge rush on the two days before Gudi Padwa,” said official from the Tardeo RTO requesting anonymity.
The Wadala RTO registered 303 vehicles, which included 220 two-wheelers and 83 four-wheelers, bringing in a total of about Rs50 lakh.
“Normally, we register around 100-125 two-wheelers and about 40 four-wheelers a day but on such occasions, the number doubles,” said official from the Wadala RTO, requesting anonymity as he is not allowed to speak to the media.
“We had planned to purchase a new vehicle this year, but we were waiting for Gudi Padwa, since it’s considered as one of the most favourable days to make new purchase. Thankfully, the RTO was open and I could register the vehicle,” said Sumit Pillay, 31, a resident of Chembur.