HSRP yet to start,deadline ends today

Giving scant respect to Supreme Court- set deadline for issue of High Security Registration Plates that expires on Monday,the Chandigarh Administration is yet to start inviting tenders for the project.

Written by Varinder Bhatia | Chandigarh | Published:October 10, 2011 2:59 am

Supreme Court had given six weeks to start the process afresh,UT still to invite tenders

Giving scant respect to Supreme Court- set deadline for issue of High Security Registration Plates that expires on Monday,the Chandigarh Administration is yet to start inviting tenders for the project.

The Administration,which in haste launched the HSRP scheme on August 1,was directed by the apex court to redo the whole process—invite fresh tenders,finalise the requisite formalities and file a compliance report—within 6 weeks beginning August 30.

Following the Supreme Court direction,the Registering and Licensing Authority,which had fastened around 5,000 HSRPs on vehicles registered in Chandigarh,scrapped the entire process on September 5.

The Supreme Court had passed the directions to most of the Union Territories and state governments,in the ongoing petition filed by Maninderjit Singh Bitta versus Union of India.

Sources said the Chandigarh Administration had finalised the tender document and sent it to the Central government for its nod.

The apex court observed that certain Union Territories and states like Chandigarh,Jharkhand and Bihar have not followed the proper procedure for selection of approved vendors,who would be permitted to affix HSRP at their own premises or at the Regional Transport Office.

“As we have already indicated,this is not in compliance with the directions of the court,the scheme and provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act,1988. If these states are permitted to adopt their own procedure,then it is bound to defeat the very purpose of security and uniform affixation of HSRP all over the country. Hence,this cannot be permitted as it would defeat the entire exercise undertaken by this court,over number of years,” the Supreme Court observed.

Further giving clear instructions to Chandigarh Administration,the Supreme Court directed it to”immediately invite tenders,finalise entire tender process within six weeks from today,file compliance report in this court in the form of affidavit stating that tenders have been finalised and the work of affixation of security registration plates has begun in every district or part,thereof,within two weeks thereafter.”

Babus tight-lipped

The officials of Chandigarh Administration are ducking for cover when asked about the issue of HSRP. Despite repeated calls and messages,Kavle V Parashuram,in charge of Registering and Licensing Authority,remained unavailable for comment,while Deputy Commissioner Brijendra Singh said,“The issue is pending with Government of India”. Chandigarh Housing Board Chairman Satya Gopal,who is also holding additional charge as Secretary (Transport),said: “You can send us a questionnaire on the issue in writing,and we shall submit our replies in writing.”

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