The newly built Road Transport Office (East) in Mysuru opposite Narayana Multi-speciality Hospital in Rajiv Nagar is likely to become functional in a month.
Though the construction of the spacious premises was completed more than a year ago and it was even inaugurated, the office, presently functioning from a rented building on Dr. Rajkumar Road in Shaktinagar, could not be shifted for various reasons, including delay in providing Local Area Network (LAN) connectivity.
“Work on the interiors and providing connectivity to computer applications is nearing completion. Most probably, the office will be shifted in about a month’s time,” C.T. Murthy, Joint Commissioner of Transport, Mysuru, told
The building situated near the Ring Road comprises a cellar and two floors of office space, spanning more than 4,000 sq m. Constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 8 crore, the new building has been designed to accommodate a parking lot, electrical maintenance room, fee remittance centre, and treasury in the cellar, while the ground floor will have a reception, biometric section, accounts office, record room, driving licence centre, inspectors’ rooms, and the office of the Assistant RTO.
Inaugurated last year
Mr. Murthy said the new premises of RTO (East) has already been inaugurated. “It was among the government projects remotely inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah at a programme in Maharaja’s College last year,” he said. Hence, RTO (East) will start functioning from the new premises without another inauguration.
Prabhuswamy, RTO (West), who was till recently in charge of RTO (East), said work on creating LAN connectivity was in the final stage. He expressed hope that RTO (East) would start functioning from the new premises soon.
Unlike at RTO (West), where 25 to 30 four-wheelers and around 150 two-wheelers are registered daily, RTO (East) registers only 50 to 60 two-wheelers and two or three four-wheelers. Though the RTO in Mysuru was bifurcated into RTO (West) and RTO (East) in 2007 to reduce the workload on account of increase in registration of vehicles, Mr. Murthy said most vehicle users prefer RTO (West) as it comes with the number KA 09. Vehicles registered at RTO (East) are given the number KA 55. “People prefer KA 09 over KA 55. This is why buyers of new vehicles continue to flock to RTO West,” he said.
Another reason for RTO (West) to attract more vehicle owners is the presence of a large number of driving schools in its vicinity. “Naturally, all of them flock to the RTO office that is closest to them,” he said.
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