June 24, 2013
Chief minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the facility in the presence of transport minister Aryadan Mohammed, K Muraleedharan MLA and department officials in a function held here on Monday. The facility is now available in all the 73 regional transport offices and public can utilize either directly or from the Akshaya centres. The department had started the online facility in Thiruvananthapuram city transport offices in September, 2011 and successful trial run and warm response from the public prompted the department to widen the network of the facility.
Delivering the presidential address, tourism minister said 45,000 transactions take place in the department on an average every day and with just 1,900 officers, it has become difficult for the department to accelerate the services to people.
“The service not only will save the valuable time of public, but also bring transparency to the activities of the department, which is facing many allegations of bribery and malefactors,” he said.
The minister Rishi Raj Singh, who took charge as the transport commissioner just before the inauguration of e-payment facility, suggested to deploy maximum officers on field as computerized services will reduce workload on them.
Currently, account holders of SBT and SBI can avail the facility and the transport commissioner said the facility will be thrown open to other bank account holders soon.