Mum gets first 250m vehicle test track in Aarey

MUMBAI: Vehicle fitness tests may finally resume in the city after a two-month break as the state on Friday handed over a 250m-long track to the RTO. Albeit there is a problem. The 6m wide track is located in , one of the last green lungs in the city, and the pollution caused due to the tests may wreck the ecology, feel environmentalists. A source said the track is surrounded by greenery.

After the Bombay HC frowned upon the state over haphazard vehicle fitness tests and demanded a 250m-long track for the same, the government in October halted all tests in the city. At present, none of the four Mumbai RTOs have 250m-long tracks; the Aarey one will be the first such track.

For the Aarey land, the state will pay the dairy development board, which owns the track, Rs 1.67 lakh a month. But activists feel this deal will disturb the area and cause pollution as heavy vehicles will drive in daily for fitness tests.

Borivli RTO chief Ravi Gaikwad said the final agreement will be signed next week. “We have begun conducting fitness tests for autos, and soon, taxis, buses and other transport vehicles will be brought to the track,” he said.

An RTO official said, “We are also signing another agreement to shift Borivli RTO operations to Aarey. The rent will be Rs 5 lakh per month.”

Activist Stalin D said, “Th- is exposes the state’s intent to destroy Aarey completely.”

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