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New plates in old pvt cars from Sept

delhi Updated: Jul 12, 2012 02:06 IST
Atul Mathur

The Delhi transport department is likely to start installing high-security registration plates in older private vehicles from September 15.

Senior transport department officials said Rosemerta Technologies Limited - the agency that has been given the contract to manufacture and install these high-security plates in all vehicles - is upgrading its capacity.

It will produce more than 10,000 registration plates every day and will soon start installing them in older cars and two-wheelers, the officials said.

Acting on the Supreme Court orders, the transport department has made it mandatory for all new vehicles - two-wheelers, cars, buses and other commercial vehicles - to have high-security registration plates.

Apart from new vehicles, the agency has started replacing registration plates of the DTC buses with the new plates.

"From July 15, we will start installing high security plates in vehicles owned by Delhi government and soon start replacing plates of vehicles belonging to the central government, public sector units and other government agencies. We hope to begin installing these plates in private vehicles from September 15," said UR Kapoor, director-operations, Rosemerta Technologies.

Transport department officials, however, said they were yet to work out the schedule to install such plates in 65 lakh-odd private vehicles registered in Delhi.

"We have two options. We either start calling vehicles year-wise, starting from vehicles registered before 1980, then between 1980 and 1985 and so on. Or, we call them series-wise starting from DL-1C, then DL-1 CA and so on. We are weighing the pros and cons of both the options and will soon take a call on this," said a senior transport authority.

While there was a waiting period even for new vehicles to get the new plates, Kapoor said his company enhanced up the capacity to produce a larger number of plates.

"The National Informatics Centre has also agreed to share its database on Delhi vehicles with us, which has made our task easier. We can now process more vehicles in one day than before. We will soon be able to install more than 10,000 registration plates in one day," Kapoor said.