RLA offices to have another HSRP fee counter from tomorrow
There is some relief for city residents as the vendor affixing high-security registration plates (HSRP) in Chandigarh is set to open additional counters at the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) office in Sector 17 and sub-offices in Industrial Area and Sector 42 from Wednesday.chandigarh Updated: Feb 18, 2014 10:18 IST
There is some relief for city residents as the vendor affixing high-security registration plates (HSRP) in Chandigarh is set to open additional counters at the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) office in Sector 17 and sub-offices in Industrial Area and Sector 42 from Wednesday.
However, the delay is persistent over the opening of new HSRP centres in the city, even as chaos continues to prevail at the RLA offices.
Currently, a resident is spending roughly two days in getting HSRP affixed - one day is consumed in submitting the HSRP fee and another day for affixing the number plate. Some residents even complained of wasting two days for submitting the fee.
Despite the chaos, the proposal of opening new centres for the job of affixing HSRP is pending for over a month now.
The vendor - M/s Real Mazon India Ltd - has sought another two weeks to submit the proposal for the new locations from where residents can get affixed HSRPs, citing that it has not been able to get low rented places.
Under pressure of the prevailing rush, the vendor has, however, stepped up its efforts to add to the existing infrastructure at the existing locations.
Local head of the company Satish Chandra said the additional counters at the existing three RLA offices would come up from Wednesday.
Currently, each centre has one counter for generating HSRP authorisation and another counter for submitting the HSRP fee.
"From Wednesday, there will be one additional counter for submitting HSRP fee at all the three centres, which will help speeding up the overall process," he said.
On being asked on opening new locations, he said the new centres would take some time due to inability to find adequate locations. "We have sought another two weeks but we hope to submit the proposal very soon," he said.
Notwithstanding the delays on the part of the vendor, the challaning of people without HSRPs is at full throttle. Till date the local police have challaned 1,130 people for HSRP violation.
Activist-advocate Ajay Jagga said the challan drive of the administration must be suspended immediately till new locations were not added and old pendency was cleared.
City resident Harish Singla said not only additional counters, the vendor should also provide additional
HSRP fitting machines at the existing location. "It took me the whole day just to get affixed number plates, even as I came early at 9 am," he rued.
Meanwhile, RLA in-charge Kashish Mittal said, "The pendency is going down as each centre is affixing 250-300 HSRP every day. We hope that the vendor will now add additional fee counter from Wednesday."