MP to have high-tech transport barriers soon

DQW Bureau
02 Feb 2002

Madhya Pradesh would soon be the second state in the country to have high-tech transport barriers at various check posts. According to sources, the Transport Department was seriously considering adopting the BoT process as far as barriers were concerned. In the first phase, check posts, which have been generating maximum revenue for the government, would be converted into electronic posts by adopting the BoT process.

Sources say that a proposal to this effect had already been prepared and would soon be placed before the cabinet for its approval. If the cabinet approves the proposal, MP would be the second state after Gujarat to introduce this system. 

The sources said that the system would not only benefit the contractor, but would also help in checking the revenue pilferage.

The government revenue would also be increased.

As per the plan drawn by the department, as soon as a truck carrying weight reaches the check post, its load would automatically be recorded so also the photograph of the truck, in a computer. If the load was less or more than the specified limits, it would also be automatically recorded in the computer. Sources added that a pre-paid system would also be introduced along with the existing system of making payments in cash. After approval by the Cabinet, the scheme would be introduced at 10 check posts, which would later be extended to the remaining 27 check posts. Check posts whose income was between Rs 6 to Rs 10 crore would be taken in priority.

The posts are Sendhwa in Khargone, Nayagaon (Neemuch), Morena Pitole (Jhabua), Suwada (Seoni), Chakpar (Rewa), Soyat (Shajapur), Hanumana (Rewa) Sikandara (Shivpuri) and Shahpur Phata (Khandwa). Sources said that the scheme was proposed after thorough study of the system introduced in Gujarat.

The Transport Department had recently introduced the Smart Card scheme for driving licenses and registration of vehicles.

With the installation of computers at the check posts, there would be total computerization of the department.


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