In a damp response to the tenders floated by the UT Administration for High Security Registration Number Plates,the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) has only got three bids out of the total 18 registered companies across the country for affixing HSRNP in city.
In fact,the response to the tenders has come as a jolt to the UT Administrations move to introduce HSRNP on vehicles instead of the traditional ones. It was the direction of the apex court following which all the states across the country were directed to have common HSRNP on the vehicles.
However,in Chandigarh,barely after a month of launching the HSRNP initiative,on the intervention of the apex court,the entire process was stalled when it was found that the UT Administration has not followed the proper procedure in allowing the vendors of HSRNP to set their shops in the city.
With only three bidders coming up for the procedure,it is not again going to be easy for the UT Administration to relaunch the whole process as with three bidders RLA would just barely manage to qualify for considering the tender as valid one, said a source in RLA. There is a precondition in allowing any tender if at least three companies/bidders are in the fray,he added.
Interestingly,out of these three bidders,one of the companies had even earlier set shop here when the HSRNP was launched. Reasoning such a poor response for the tender despite it being an online tender wherein any company across the country could have participated by sending bids online,sources in UT Administration say that it is due to the three-year condition that none of the companies want to come here.
Seconding his views,a company official which has also submitted its bid,on condition of anonymity said,There are huge costs involved in setting up businesses here for HSRNP. Initially,we need huge investment for setting infrastructure,bring in man power,etc. and even if one does it,the contract is only for a three-year period while in other states it for nine years. Three years time is too small to set up a business and then wrap it up.
Sources in the RLA say that at the time of finalising terms and conditions of the tender document which was rejected by the Government of India,it was the UT Administrator who had emphasised on a three-year period instead of nine which was followed in other states to avoid any monopolising by vendors.
The UT Administration had invited tenders on December 7 and will allot them on February 7.