With the backlog of registration certificates (RCs) of vehicles piling to 20,000 owing to non-availability of smart cards, the registration and licensing authority (RLA) has asked the residents to wait till December.
As per sources in the RLA, not even a single RC has been issued since June and all residents are getting is just the extension of waiting period.
The RLA blames it on the non-availability of smart cards used for printing RCs. These cards are provided to the RLA by the Society for Promotion of IT in Chandigarh (SPIC).
An official of the RLA, who wished not to be named, said, "The backlog of RCs has risen up to 20,000 and we are left with no option but to ask residents to wait. The printing is not being done owing to non-availability of smart cards."
"I had purchased a new vehicle in June and since then I am waiting to get its RC. Every time I visit the RLA office, they give me a new date," said Tarlochan Singh, resident of Sector 40, who was earlier given the date of September 20 but now had been asked to wait till December.
Similar is case of Vijay Kumar of Sector 52, who too had bought vehicle in June and got high-security number plate installed, but till date does not have its RC.
"I have been making rounds to get the RC and all I got was a new date of December," rued Kumar.
Centre head of SPIC Anil K Prashar admitted that the there was a delay in supplying smart cards, but clarified that on Monday the RLA had been provided smart cards and printing had resumed.
Explaining the delay in supply of smart cards, he said, "As the central government has increased the mandatory capacity of smartcards from 4kb to 64kb, so inviting tenders for procuring material and getting all approvals from the UT administration in place takes time."
The RLA officials admitted receiving smart cards on Monday evening and claimed to have resumed printing of RCs.
In order to clear the backlog, the staff has been asked to work overtime in two shifts so that the pendency as well as the waiting period is brought down.
The RLA claims that with employees working overtime it will be able to print about 800 RCs a day, but it is yet to be seen how early they will they be able to clear the backlog.