A day after Punjab education minister Daljit Singh Cheema inaugurated the automated driving test track at Mahadian village, 7 km from the district headquarters, the facility was found locked on Friday.
The government in its advertisements and press releases claimed that Punjab would be the first state in country to provide licence with half an hour of taking the actual driving test. No such test was conducted on the `1.2 crore track on Day 1.
Sources said the track is not ready for tests as of now. Track in-charge Guriqbal said the work on laying optical fiber is still pending and it would be carried out by Monday.
Bassi Pathana sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Sukhdev Singh Mahal, who holds additional charge of district transport officer (DTO), said the track might take few more days to get functional. “Usually, it takes time for every new project to get functional,” said Mahal.
He claimed that once the track becomes operational, tests would be held everyday and a doctor has been appointed by the health department to conduct on-the-spot medical fitness test.
Notwithstanding the DTO’s claim of appointment of a doctor, civil surgeon Harinder Kaur said no doctor was appointed by health department till Friday.
She said they have not received any letter from the transport department or the administration regarding such appointment.
She also denied the possibility of appointing a permanent doctor for this. “We are grappling with a huge shortage of doctors and hence there is no possibility of a permanent appointment,” said Kaur.
“First, we will recommend a doctor from among those working with the district council as they usually get spare time. We make some adjustment, if need be,” she said.