After many false starts, the Haryana Government is finally initiating the high security number plate project from today onwards in Gurgaon.
Ramendra Jakhu, financial commissioner and principal secretary, Transport, will inaugurate the project which had been hanging fire for many years now.
Gurgaon will be the first city in Haryana to start this revolutionary service.
Residents are hopeful that the project would cut down on vehicle theft cases.
Apart from residents, high security number plates will also come as a ray of hope for the police in checking vehicle theft cases, which have seen an average rise of 11-12% annually.
In 2010, 2,331 vehicle theft cases were registered in the city and in 2011, 2,595 cases were reported till December 10.
In October 2011, the Supreme Court imposed a fine of R 50,000 on the Haryana government for disobeying its direction for implementation of high security registration plates (HSRP) for motor vehicles in order to prevent stolen vehicles from being used to commit crimes.
Initially, it is planned that the project would cover new vehicles only and will gradually move on to older ones.
Further, department officials revealed that the procedure for getting the high security number plates would be the same.
After paying the vehicle registration fee, the applicant would get a receipt.
Finally, after showing the receipt, a high security number plate would be issued to the concerned applicant.
Features of high security number plates
A high security registration number plate will carry a chromium hologram, a retro-reflective film bearing a verification inscription 'India' at an inclination of 45 degrees and unique laser numbering, which will contain alpha-numeric identification of both testing agency and manufacturer.
The registration number would be embossed on plates. In case of a rear registration plate, it would be fitted with a non-reusable snap lock to make it tamper-proof. A chromium-based third registration plate in the form of a sticker would be attached to the windshield, in which the number of both the engine and the chassis would be indicated, along with the name of the registering authority.