In an effort to provide major relief to applicants, the district transport office (DTO) opened three new counters for High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) at the premises of the district administration complex on Monday.
As the Supreme Court direction of fixing the number plates on all vehicles in the state before August 31 looms close, a heavy rush of applicants can be seen at the DTO.
The transport office has increased the counters for HSRPs and manpower to handle the heavy rush of visitors and the process to apply for HSRP will also be online soon.
Fearing challans by the transport department after August 31 for not having HSRP number plates, around 1,400 to 1,500 applicants submit their applications for HSRPs at the DTO daily which creates chaos for the department.
District transport officer RP Singh said there was no need to panic as the transport department would not issue challans after August 31. He added there were speculations that the deadline would be extended but no official word had been received from the higher authorities yet.
Arjun Singh, incharge of Agros Impex which is handling the process said, "We have opened three more counters to facilitate the public in which one special counter is for women and one is for senior citizens. Moreover, we are working on making the process online within 15 days and applicants can apply sitting at home," Singh said.
"We increased the manpower and now eight people will deal with the public at six HSRP counters. This will help divide the workload and provide relief to applicants as well as officials," he said.