Transport and registry offices wore a deserted look after the demonetisation of 1,000 and 500-rupee banknotes.
Compared to civic bodies where people queuing up to pay utility bills and tax in scrapped currency, footfalls in the two departments have dropped by 60%.
Collection of tax at the Ranchi district transport office, which used to be between Rs 25 and Rs 35 lakh ever day before the demonetisation of high-value currency, has dropped to less than Rs 12 lakh a day.
A bulk of the collections comes from the one-time tax from private vehicles, quarterly tax from commercial vehicles, registration and license fees.
The one-time tax for private vehicles vary between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000, said a transport department official, who did not wish to be named.
“Since banks are allowing withdrawals up to Rs 24,000 ever week, people who have to pay tax more than Rs 24,000 are not coming forward,” he said.
“Similarly, online payment has also dropped, as most people deposit online tax at Pragya Kendras or common service centres that are not accepting the scrapped 1,000 and 500-rupee banknotes.”
District transport officer Nagendra Paswan said, collection of tax and registration fee has dropped by 50%, but the situation will take time to improve.”
Daily collection at district transport office in Hazaribag has also dropped by more than 60%, said district transport officer Pranav Paul. “Our collection has dropped from Rs 8-10 lakh to Rs 2-3 lakh a day. No revenue is coming in even from the check posts that collected Rs 15 lakh every day,” he said.
The cash crunch is also pinching bus operators, as passenger boardings have gone down by 20%, said Krishna Mohan Singh of the Ranchi Bus Owners Association.
“Occupancy in our buses has dropped by 50% after the announcement of demonetisation. The situation has partially improved now with cash flow. Despite that, there is drop by 20% in occupancy,” he said.
Not just transport department, registry offices too are feeling the pinch, said Ranchi additional registrar Rahul Choubey. “Earlier, there was an average of 200 registrations of land and property every day, which has now dropped to 30-35. As a result, the daily collection has dropped by 70%.”
The collection of civic bodies, however, has increased manifold due to demonetisation, as civic bodies are accepting the scrapped 1,000 and 500-rupee banknotes until November 24. The Ranchi Municipal Corporation has collected more than Rs 1.52 crore in the last one week against a monthly average collection of Rs 1.52 crore.