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High-security plates: No relief in sight

Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, February 12, 2014
First Published: 12:46 IST(12/2/2014) | Last Updated: 13:32 IST(12/2/2014)

There is no immediate relief in sight for the city residents struggling to get affixed high-security registration plates (HSRP) at the Registration and Licensing Authority (RLA) offices.

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Opening up more locations for the job of affixation of HSRPs will take at least 7-10 days, may take even longer since the vendor — M/s Real Mazon India Ltd — has yet not submitted the list of new locations to the RLA.

As per information, in the meeting with RLA authorities on Wednesday, the vendor concerned is expected submit the list of 7-8 new locations. But these centres would not immediately open since the RLA is required to obtain the permission from the estate office as well as municipal corporation before starting them.

Currently, three RLA centres - one at its head office in Sector 17 and two at its sub-offices in Sector 42 and Industrial Area - are under acute pressure to handle the vehicle owners.
The rush has comparatively increased, particularly after the police started challaning vehicles that do not have HSRPs.

City resident RK Bhardwaj, who was waiting in queue in Sector 17, said residents were punished with hefty challans for delay in applying for the HSRP registration but there was no action on officials for their failure to provide enough facilities for the smooth functioning of HSRP affixation.

Advocate Ajay Jagga said the administration should have been pro-active from beginning to start the registration centre at multiple locations, considering enormity of the exercise, but it had failed to provide the required infrastructure so far. "Since HSRP pendency is running as high as 20,000 overall from the CH-01-AR to AN series, the RLA must create new centres immediately and challans should be suspended till the pendency is not cleared."

RLA incharge Kashish Mittal said three centres were enough to handle the rush had the residents showed the positive response from the beginning. Nevertheless, the process of opening new centres had been taken on priority basis now.

"We are having a meeting with the vendor on Wednesday where he would submit the list of new locations. Sector-17 Circus Ground, Sector-34 ground and Manimajra ground are among the new locations proposed, which are expected to start very soon," he said.

No provision for women, senior citizens

So far, there is no separate counter for women and senior citizens at any of the three centres. Due to pressure of challaning, people of all age group are struggling for the HSRP affixation. A 63-year-old man, Tajinder Singh, said it was acute difficult for old people to wait in queue for hours together. A separate counter must be there for us."

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