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Mumbai: RTO records online in 2 years

In two years, it will no longer be easy to get away with traffic violations, as the transport department plans to digitise records of all vehicles and driving licences registered with it by then. The archives will be made available online to the public. Kailash Korde reports.

mumbai Updated: Mar 31, 2013 00:53 IST
Kailash Korde

In two years, it will no longer be easy to get away with traffic violations, as the transport department plans to digitise records of all vehicles and driving licences registered with it by then. The archives will be made available online to the public.

Apart from the 2.13 crore licences issued before April 2011, there are about 1.75 crore vehicles registered in Maharashtra. Over 50% of these records are still on tattered books at regional transport offices (RTO).

In the absence of digitisation, it has been tough for transport authorities and the traffic police to get details of vehicles quickly in case of an accident or crime. “Records of licences and vehicles can be accessed only during office hours. However, after the digitisation, they will be available round-the-clock,” said a transport department official.

He added that tenders to appoint a data-entry agency for digitising the records will be floated soon. “It is a mammoth task, since along with the data entry of licences and vehicles, we will have to scan 25 to 30 crore pages of records,” said the official. “It is expected to take at least two years to complete the project.”

The National Informatics Center (NIC) and the department of information technology are also involved in this project.

The transport department began computerisation of its data in the 1990s. But the project picked up only in 2006, after

the introduction of the NIC’s Sarathi and Vahan systems for registration of driving licences and vehicles.