Suryakant Jena

With announcement of partial unlocking in as many as 13 districts and more relaxations for people to avail essential commodities in other regions, Odisha government has allowed the opening of automobile shops and also permitted registration of new vehicles from today.

The State Transport Authority (STA) has asked all the Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) to implement the revised guideline.

In a letter to the RTOs, the STA has instructed  them to allow dealers to have access to VAHAN portal for registration of new motor vehicles from June 17 until further orders. Automobile dealers have been cautioned to strictly adhere to Covid norms after resuming operation

On May 31, the government STA has permitted new vehicle registration in Sundargarh, Rourkela, Nuapada, Gajapati RTOs as government allowed opening of vehicle showrooms from June 11. Govt had however not allowed opening of vehicle showrooms in other districts during lock down.

The government on Wednesday announced a slew of new rules while extending a partial lockdown in the State till July 1 (5 am). Essential shops will remain open between 6 am and 5 pm in Category A districts while the same will remain open from 6 am to 1 pm in Category B districts.