Bhubaneswar: Sale of vehicles in the state capital witnessed a drop in the wake of severe cyclone Fani which had made a landfall on May 3. As per official figure, only 2436 vehicles were registered under the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Bhubaneswar II.
Regional transport officer, Bhubaneswar II, S.K Behera said that the office registers around 3500 vehicles every month on an average.
“We had registered 3873 vehicles in the month of May in 2018. The sale of vehicles witnessed a decrease as a number of automobile vehicle showrooms were badly affected in the cyclone. The registration process, however, picked up in the last week of May,” said Behera.
RTO had registered as many as 47360 vehicles during 2018-19. RTO officials said that around 80 automobile showrooms operate under the two RTO offices in the state capital. While RTO II registers around 3500 vehicles every month, RTO I register around 4000 vehicles every month.
RTO officials said that generation of revenue through the auction of fancy registration numbers and advance booking of desired numbers was also affected due to drop in sales.
“Around 3000 vehicles were registered in the month of May. The sale of vehicles was almost nil for around 10 days after the cyclone,” said an official of RTO I.
Most of the automobile showrooms remain closed in Bhubaneswar after the cyclone due to disruption of electricity. “Several showrooms faced structural damage as window panes were damaged. Water inundated several showrooms in the city as well. So it was almost impossible for us to run the business,” said the manager of an automobile showroom in Mancheswar.