Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/ Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty
Bhubaneswar, Oct 25:
Commerce and Transport Minister Subrat Tarai has urged the Centre to provide funds for establishing vehicle fitness certification centres in different districts in the state and purchase of 50 highway interceptor vehicles, which will put brakes on reckless speeding on city streets.
Tarai put forth the demand before the Centre at the 35th Transport Development Council meeting at New Delhi chaired by Union Road Transport and Highways minister Oscar Fernandes.
He said Central Assistance is absolutely necessary to implement the well-designed Transport Policy in 2007 enacted by the Odisha government aimed at establishing an efficient and modern transport administration and management system for both freight and passenger traffic movement.
Notably, Odisha, which has seen a 11% growth in the automobile sector, has emerged as the leader among 20 states in terms of growth in use of cars, jeeps or vans as modes of transport during the period 2001-11. In the last decade, Odisha has registered a whopping growth of 293 per cent, the highest among all surveyed states.
The state has been ranked 16th in terms of scooters taken as the mode of transport with a growth of about 79 per cent during the same period, according to a study by the apex industry body Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).