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Odisha registers drop in motor vehicle revenue collection

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has collected Rs 96 crore motor vehicle revenue in June 2020, said a statement on Tuesday.

The state had collected Rs 112.7 crore revenue in June 2019.

The revenue decreased by 14.8 per cent in real terms.

The State Transport Authority (STA) said this is quite encouraging considering the fact that several parts the state are either in lockdown or shutdown almost throughout the quarter.

Rs 159.8 crores has been collected in the quarter April to June 2020 against collection of 384 crores in April-June 2019. There is 58 percent fall in revenue collection for the quarter.

The revenue collection was Rs 28.66 crore in April against Rs 166.2 crore collected in Aril 2019, thereby decreased over 83 percent, said the statement.

The revenue collection was Rs 35 crore in May against Rs 105 crore collected in Aril 2019, thereby decreased over 67 percent.

Vehicle sale has picked up in June with sale of 43 thousand vehicles despite lock down in the state due to COVID Pandemic.

About 29 thousand vehicles have been sold till 20th July 2020.

During the month of May, 15 thousand vehicles were sold and only 2599 vehicles were sold in April.

Due to lockdown from 22nd March, the sale had gone down. On an average about 60 thousand vehicles are sold in a month during normal time. In 2019, in the months of April, May, June, 75 66, 64 thousands vehicle were sold respectively.

There is loss of revenue from grant of DL/LL services as the test is not conducted. The Government has exempted the buses from paying the taxes for the first quarter.

The enforcement revenue also went down as the RTO staff remained busy in organising transport to the migrants, operating the border check posts and assisting administration to enforce lockdown/shut down.