A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding has been inked for establishing a vehicle inspection and certification centre in Dimapur district of Nagaland. The primary work of the centre would be to maintain the fitness of the vehicles and ensure that the vehicles, especially commercial ones, are 100 per cent fit to move on the road, Transport Commissioner Elias T Lotha said during the signing of the MoU here yesterday.
The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Department of Transport, Nagaland and International Centre for Automotive Technology inked the MoU for setting up the centre at Chumukedima. Land for setting up the project has been procured at Chumukedima by the state government while the Central government has already approved fund amounting to Rs 14.4 crore for setting up the centre, he said.
The civil construction work will take 11 months and tender will be invited for equipment and operation of the project for two years, he said. ICAT Project Manager Ashish Kumar said that once the centre becomes operational, all commercial vehicles, from light passenger taxis to heavy goods carrier will have to compulsorily undergo roadworthiness (fitness) inspection and verification annually.