Chandigarh: People throng registration offices as cops go on a challaning spree
As the police are now challaning ‘old’ vehicles right back up to the registration number series CH04F for not having high-security registration plates (HSRPs), the sudden rush of applicants at the three offices of the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) led to utter chaos on Monday.chandigarh Updated: Jun 23, 2015 14:22 IST
As the police are now challaning ‘old’ vehicles right back up to the registration number series CH04F for not having high-security registration plates (HSRPs), the sudden rush of applicants at the three offices of the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) led to utter chaos on Monday.
The designated vendor and the RLA underlined how people had missed several deadlines before the police action — a challan of `3,000 — was started. But the people were more concerned with the immediate problems, such as insufficient infrastructure to deal with the rush, and the lack of shade or water at all three offices. Over 200 applicants a day are gathering at each office to go through the three-step procedure. There is only one counter for each step.
“This set-up is designed to be slow,” said Aruna, a Manimajra resident who works in a bank in Delhi, but had come to get the work done at the Industrial Area, Phase 1, RLA sub-office. “First we have to get the old RC verified and its details uploaded into the computer. Then we have to get the payment slip issued from the vendor after he receives the RC data update through the computer. There is no separate queue for women or elderly,” she said.
“The heat is unbearable and there is no provision for any token and turn system or even water here. Indeed some people have missed deadlines, but that does not justify the utter lack of arrangements,” said RK Soni, a 65-year-old retired government employee, who was also at the Industrial Area sub-office. “Are they punishing us physically for being late?”
Outside, there was the threat of challan for wrong parking as the rush was huge and the parking lot not big enough inside. “They can at least relax that bit for a few days,” rued Manoj Bansal, another applicant.
After the fee is paid — `79 for two-wheelers and `183 for fourwheelers — the slip mentions a particular date, usually of a week later, for affixation of the plates. At the affixation space on the roadside opposite the Industrial Area RLA office, people were volunteering to gather the slips of those who had come to get the plates fixed and were waiting. BJP councillor Satinder Singh was also seen gathering slips as the vendor’s staff got the plates 50 at a time. The capacity is 200-250 a day with six men posted by the vendor, Real Mazon India Ltd.
At the Sector-42 and Sector-17 offices, too, there were serpentine queues, though there was a separate queue for women and senior citizens. At Sector 42, Prabhjit Singh, who had come on behalf of his 90-year-old father, said, “What if someone has a valid reason for missing the deadline? How do you differentiate? And even if people have gone wrong, there is no justification for treating them like cattle.”
SERIES UNDER SCANNER
The registration series issued before March 2013 - up to CH01AR - are referred to as the old registered vehicles, and those after that are ‘new’. The new ones are already getting HSRPs after registration, but of the older series, the coverage goes backward. As such, the ‘old’ series under scanner so far comprise 18 sets with over 9,999 numbers each. The exact figure of pendency within that was not immediately available, but past record analysis puts the figure at 30-50% per set.
Of these, after completing CH01AR to AA, the RLA went CH04L - ‘L’ is the last set in the 04 series - and back. That has now reached back up to CH04F, for which the last date to apply was June 1. The ‘I’ set is not assigned to vehicles as it could be visually confused with the number one, ‘1’. This means the 04 series alone has 60,000-odd vehicles from CH04F to L that need HSRPs.
The HSRP system was adopted in the UT in March 2013; the Supreme Court too had intervened for its implementation.