April 22, 2015 3:17:52 am
By: Kartik Kumar
Although the deadline set by the Supreme Court passed on April 15, the task of affixing high security registration plates on vehicles registered in Chandigarh will take another 18 months to complete, it is learnt.
The Registration and Licensing Authority has yet to affix 5.50 lakh number plates.
Speaking to Newsline, RLA in-charge Kashish Mittal said that the process had been slow because vehicle owners did not approach the authority on time, until the Chandigarh Police was, last year, asked to take strict action against those who did not get their HSRPs fixed.
Between January 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015, the traffic police challaned 7,680 vehicle owners.
The RLA had suggested that, in order to accelerate the process, affixing of number plates should also be allowed at e-sampark centres, in addition to the existing centres. But this could not be done because of “shortage of manpower and resources’’.
However, last month the RLA set up two counters each at the RLA offices in Sector 17, Sector 42 and Industrial Area, Phase I. With this, the process of affixing plates of three series simultaneously could begin, as against one series at a time until then.
Mittal said that at the current pace, the process of affixing HSRPs should get completed in 18 months.
The work began in February 2013, and HSRPs have been affixed on 2,14,831 vehicles so far.
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