Mumbai transport authorities to digitise records of 1.5 crore vehicles, driving licenses
The work is estimated to cost approximately Rs25 crores.mumbai Updated: Sep 22, 2017 14:53 IST
The record of every vehicle and driving licence could be available in digital form in Maharashtra before December 18. The state government has taken steps to scan and digitise about 1.5 crore records of vehicles and driving licences.
The transport department will appoint a service provider to scan and digitise at least 2.5 crore pages of vehicle and driving licence records. The work is estimated to cost approximately Rs25 crores.
The digitisation of the documents will reduce information dissemination time and minimize communication delay, besides bringing transparency in day-to-day operations. Also, it is expected to help authorities to implement initiatives like e-challan, enabling traffic cops to take stern action against repeat offenders.
In absence digitised records, it has become tough for transport and traffic authorities to get details of vehicles swiftly in case of an accident or crime. Pravin Gedam, transport commissioner, said it will also help in creating a permanent secure database, which will be useful for research purpose.
“It will be a useful record, which can be accessed digitally by various applications and softwares during enforcement, renewals of licences and recovery of taxes, among others,” he said.
For this work, the department has floated tenders for appointing a service provider last week. Sources said it will take another two-three months to complete the tendering process and sign the agreement with the service provider, if everything goes as per plan.
The service provider will have to complete the scanning of records along with data entry.
The decision to expedite the process of digitisation was taken in a meeting chaired by chief secretary Sumit Mallik on August 22, 2017.
The transport department began the computerisation of its data in the 1990s, with the use of a software named “TOOLS”. However, the project got impetus only in 2006, after the introduction of SARATHI and VAHAN systems developed by the National Informatics Center for registration of driving licences and vehicles.
Earlier, the transport department had floated tenders for scanning and digitising the records of vehicles and driving licences at few RTO offices including Tardeo and Andheri RTO in Mumbai, in 2015. But later on, the state government cancelled the tender process, due to some technical reasons.