Bhubaneswar: Eastern India’s first vehicle scrapping unit has opened at Kumarbast in Khurda district of Odisha.
Commerce and Transport Minister Tukuni Sahu inaugurated the unit in the presence of Khurda MLA Jyotirindra Nath Mitra, Jatni MLA Suresh Kumar Routray and other senior officials of the department.
“The scrapping unit has been opened with support from Tata Motors. People can dispose of their old vehicles here and get the benefits announced by the government,” said the minister.
People from across Odisha can dispose of their old vehicles at the newly-opened scrapping unit at Khurda, said an official of Tata Motors.
“In the initial phase, old vehicles of all government departments will be disposed of at the scrapping unit. Now, the unit can dismantle at least 40 old vehicles on a day,” added the official.
It is worth mentioning here that the state government has decided to scrap around 20 lakh vehicles older than 15 years in Odisha to check environmental pollution.
As per the Odisha Motor Vehicles (Registration and Functions of Vehicle Scrapping Facility) Policy-22, vehicle makers will be advised to provide 5 per cent discount during the purchase of new vehicles on the production of scrapping certificates issued by the government-approved units, said an official of the Transport department.
The government will provide 25 per cent concession in the motor vehicle tax in case of non-transport vehicles and 15 per cent concession in case of transport vehicles during the registration of a new vehicle against the submission of scrapping certificate, added the official.