Bhubaneswar, Oct 3: The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected motor vehicle (MV) revenue generation in Odisha, as the state has collected Rs 278.51 crore less revenue by August end, as compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. This was informed by the Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera to the state Assembly on Thursday.
“Rs 382.78 crore in tax was collected till August 31 this year as against the Rs 661.29 crore collected during the same period last year,” the minister told the house.
As many as 1,40,063 vehicles have been sold and registered during this period, while 10,534 driving licenses (DL) have been renewed by August end, Behera said.
The state had collected Rs 35.13 crore MV tax in the period from April to August 2019, while Rs 4.14 crore has been collected from April to August this year. The state has also witnessed a fall of 88.21 per cent in MV penalty collection.
Besides, the minister also informed that the 70.33 lakh vehicle of various types ply on road in the state.