Locals unhappy with the new Dharbandora transport department office

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October 2, 2013 at 11:06 am #4693

The newly inaugurated office of the Assistant Director of Transport (ADT) in Dharbandora Taluka may have brought respite to villagers in far flung areas, but many people are still confronted with an unusual problem. In many cases, people need to shuttle between the Dharbandora ADT and the Quepem ADT – a distance of nearly 54 km between the two offices, for vehicle related work.

Dharbandora taluka, which came into existence in April 2011, comprises the panchayats of Collem, Mollem, Kirlapal-Dabal, Sacorda and Dharbandora. The taluka has, so far, the offices of the deputy collector, mamlatdar, Block Development Office (BDO) and Zonal Agricultural office (ZAO). On August 13, the 10th ADT office of the Directorate of Transport was inaugurated by the PWD and transport minister Sudin Dhavlikar at Durgini-Dharbandora.

With a staff of seven members, including two motor vehicle inspectors, the Dharbandora ADT office has, till date, registered 79 new vehicles, including 58 two-wheelers, 15 four-wheelers and 6 transport vehicles.

Inquires at the Dharbandora ADT office revealed that the vehicle registry was computerized sometime in 2008, but data pertaining to vehicles registered prior to 2008 was manually entered in the registers.

“We have the vehicle registry data on the server from 2008 onwards. As such, owners of vehicles registered prior to 2008 in need of certain work, such as transfer of vehicles, have to travel to the Quepem ADT office, where the entry is made. Later, they have to come here at the Dharbandora ADT office to complete the formalities,” said Dharbandora ADT Rajesh Naik.

Apart from vehicles registered before 2008, motor vehicle license aspirants also have to travel to Quepem as the Dharbandora ADT office does not have the facility to issue licenses.

The office is in piquant situation as there is no telephone landline facility and to make matters worse, there is no proper network from any mobile service provider. If the office staff has to communicate with its head office or to any other office, they have to walk some distance to enter into some mobile network zone or else, they have to visit a nearby hotel to make the phone call.

Undeterred by these problems, Naik says the problems will be sorted out. “The facility to issue licenses and getting a telephone connection is in process and by next month, the problem will be solved,” he said.
Despite the shortcomings at the Dharbandora ADT office, Dharbandora Sarpanch Guru Gaonkar has expressed happiness with the taluka ADT office.

“The Dharbandora ADT office has benefited many people from this locality, as they had had to travel a long distance to the Quepem ADT office. Since this office is new, the required facilities will be made available by the State government in due course of time,” said Gaonkar.

“There is also a proposal to construct a new government building in Dharbandora village to house all government offices,” Gaonkar added.

Source/Reference: Times of India, “Locals unhappy with the new Dharbandora transport department office

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