Hyderabad, February 5: The Minister for Transport, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, on Saturday informed that 46 High Security Number Plate Centers would be set up throughout the State.
The minister held a meeting with APSRTC officials, Police department and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in his chamber in the Secretariat to discuss the issues pertaining to traffic conditions in the City.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Mr Satyanarayana said that High Security Number Plates system would be implemented in the State as per the directions of the Supreme Court and the Centre. The government would take necessary steps to reduce economic burden on the people in the implementation of the system as all the vehicles required to replace their normal number plates with high security number plates. The RTA would take responsibility in the matter, he added.
The Minister said that 46 high security number plate centers would be set up throughout the State for the purpose. Reminding that the transport vehicles were mandated to go for fitness test and get fitness certificates, he said that fitness test facility would also available at these 46 centers also. In addition to this, driving training and testing centers would be set up in all the districts, he added.
The Minister said that it was decided to use old RTC buses as cargo vehicles to transport goods. Special focus would be laid to increase CNG buses in the APSRTC, he added.
Stating that the Police department has suggested removal of some bus stops in the city which were causing traffic problem, he said that they would be removed and new bus stops would set up at convenient places within two months. It was also decided to modernize all the city bus stops in the City. Chairs, route map display, bus timings would be arranged at the bus stops, he added.
Referring to narrow roads and congested roads in some areas of the city, particularly in the Old City, the Minister informed that mini-buses would be run on such routes. It was also decided to set up 40 to 50 new bus stops in the Old City area.
Replying to a question, the Minister said that Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs) would be fixed to 22,000 RTC buses in three or four months.(NSS)