|In JK, roadblock to GPS in vehicles is babus|
|Committee reluctant to meet|
|G S Asgotra|
Early Times Report
Jammu, May 18: A five-member committee constituted by the Transport Department for installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) in both commercial as well as passenger vehicles is reluctant to hold a meeting for the purpose.
The government had in November 2015 constituted the Project Monitoring and Installation Committee (PMIC) for installation of GPS-based vehicle tracking system in both commercial and passenger vehicles.
The government had ordered that the committee shall finalise the tendering process for the project immediately and take all necessary steps to implementation of GPS based tracking system in the state.
The committee comprised Commissioner/Secretary to government as chairman, and Transport Commissioner, Director Finance of Transport Department, Joint Transport Commissioner and Deputy Director (P&S) of Transport Commission Office as members.
"Unfortunately, the committee has not met so far to make suitable recommendation," sources said.
"Owing to nonchalant attitude of the members and the chairman in particular, the committee had met just once earlier this year, that too without passing any recommendation", said the sources.
It is pertinent to mention here that after infamous Delhi bus rape incident, the Supreme Court had directed all state government/UTs and even Union government to ensure installation of GPS and High Security Registration Plates (HSRPs) in commercial as well as passengers vehicles.
"In J&K, the successive governments have ignored the apex court's ruling for the reasons best known to the authorities concerned", the sources added.
It may be mentioned that the procession for ensuring HSRPs in the vehicles was initiated in 2012 by the Transport Department and is still hanging in balance. The old vehicles (registered before 2012) are still plying on the roads in the state without HSRPs.