Kolkata: The State Transport Department has introduced an online platform where applications for luxury car permits under the Gatidhara project from the State Transport Authority (STA) can be submitted.
The step has been taken to make the process of applying easier and hassle-free. Earlier, applicants had to stand in long queues for appointments and interviews that they needed to get through in order to obtain the permit. But with the introduction of the online application system, applicants do not need to go to the STA offices.
Prospective permit seekers just need to log in into the website, www.transport.wb.gov.in and click on the links for Annexure-I, Annexure-II and Annexure-III to download three forms, and then fill them up and submit them for an appointment on a desired date and time.
After getting the date, the applicant has to appear before the officers in the STA with all the necessary documents for the interview. Applying for the permit is the first stage for getting the benefits under Gatidhara, which enables purchase of a luxury car for commercial purposes. Once the permit is obtained, the process of sanctioning a subsidy of Rs 1 lakh to buy the car begins.
The applicant will then get an SMS on his given mobile number as soon as his or her subsidy is granted. The person will also receive another SMS when the fund is released. The Transport Department has introduced the SMS-based system recently, by which the applicant no longer needs to run to a dealer or any other official to know whether the subsidy has been released.
The STA’s office in Kolkata is at Kasba, while there are two more offices in Siliguri and Durgapur. In the Left Front regime, people from across the state had to come to the STA in Kasba for the interview and the permits.
The Trinamul Government has since set up the branch offices in Siliguri and Durgapur, which will cater to the applicants from North Bengal and South Bengal respectively. Applicants from districts in and adjacent to Kolkata can get their permits from the Kasba office. The Gatidhara project was the brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. So far, around 13,000 unemployed youths have benefitted from it. The Transport Department has a target of bringing 10,000 more people under the scheme in the 2017-18 financial year.