Underlining the need for conducting workshops at district, block and tehsil levels to sensitize drivers about the driving rules and disastrous consequences of rash and negligent driving besides streamlining and easing the issuance of driving licenses, the Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Transport, Dr Manohar Lal Sharma emphasized upon the authorities of Transport Department to improve traffic regulations in order to contain road accidents.
Sharma was reviewing the functioning of Transport Department Thursday where he was briefed about the working of the departments including State Road Transport Corporation, State Motor Garages and Regional Transport Office.
According to official spokesman, it was given out that several initiatives have already been taken to improve the working of the department and traffic regulations while ground work for setting up of two high tech driving Institutes at Jammu and Srinagar has been completed. For establishing the institutes, the meeting was informed that 100 kanals of land stands already identified at Jammu while in Srinagar the Deputy Commissioner has been asked to identify the land for the purpose.
Besides the land, the meeting was also informed that Rs 140 Crore revenue generation has been targeted for current financial year while the RTO has earned Rs 125 crore during previous fiscal.
Sharma directed MD, STRC to improve workshop inventory and operation and make sure that vehicles coming for repairs are set right in minimum possible time.
Regarding manpower shortage at SRTC, State Motor Garages and RTO office, Sharma asked Secretary to take up the matter with SSRB and get all the vacancies, referred to them, filled in time bound manner.