Two new zonal transport offices in the city were formally opened on Monday to cater to needs like driving licenses, registration of vehicles and other needs pertaining to over 45 lakh vehicle owners in Delhi.
Located at Mayur Vihar and Surajmal Vihar in east Delhi, both the offices would be modern, fully computerised and the red tape in getting work done has been curtailed.
Transport Minister Haroon Yusuf said, "We have taken several initiatives to achieve a service-oriented approach in functioning by enhancing efficiency, improving transparency and by increasing accountability"
He said the zonal transport offices are the most prominent public interface of the transport department and the endeavour is to cut the inconvenience to the public who go there for a work like driving license, transfer of ownership and vehicle registration.
The zonal office at Mayur Vihar would cater the area of Mayur Vihar Phase-I and II, Kalyan Puri, Laxmi Nagar, Preet Vihar, New Ashok Nagar, Patparganj, Shakar Pur, Trilok Puri, Old Seelam Pur, Karkardooma and the nearby areas.
The zonal office at Surajmal Vihar will cater to the residents of Ghazipur, Gandhi Nagar, Krishna Nagar, Anand Vihar, Mandawali, New Shahdara, Geeta Colony, Vivek Vihar, Jheel and the surrounding areas.
Speaking at the inaugural function, Yusuf talked about the problem in hand due to exponential growth of private vehicles. "Delhi has more than 45 lakh vehicles running on its road and about one lakh vehicles from neighbouring states enter the capital everyday. Around 650 new vehicles are registered every day in Delhi," he said. Emphasising on the need to shift to public transport, the minister said the astronomical growth had put immense pressure on the limited road space and one could not find a long-term solution by expanding roads or making flyovers.
With the commissioning of the two new offices, Delhi has now 13 zonal transport offices where all vehicle and driving related work is done.