THE DEADLOCK over rates of high security registration plates (HSRP) continues between the Chandigarh Administration and the firm which has shown interest in taking the contract for HSRP. The contract of the previous company expired in July, following which tenders were floated for selecting a new firm for a period of three years. Only one firm showed interest despite multiple tenders being floated by the transport department.
The firm, which came forward, proposed a hike of over 100 per cent on existing rates. The administration has been pressing the firm to slash the rates. A meeting was held at the UT Secretariat on Monday to resolve the issue.
Transport secretary K K Jindal said the firm had been demanding a steep hike in the rates, which would not be accepted. He said that the firm had considered reducing the rates and would submit a revised proposal in a day or two.
Since February 2013 – when the HSRP scheme was implemented in Chandigarh – Rs 79 was being charged for two-wheelers while for four-wheel vehicles, Rs 183 was charged. As per the proposed rates, for a two-wheeler, residents will have to pay Rs 158 and Rs 366 for a four-wheeler.
The process of affixation of HSRP for the series CH01-BG, CH01-BH and CH03-N was stopped on July 13 due to expiry of contract of the vendor. The delay in finding new vendor has led to a backlog of over 15,000 HSRPs. As per norms, HSRPs on new vehicles are affixed at the time of registration itself. However, in case of old registered vehicles, HSRP is affixed on one series at a time. The owners of vehicles having registration number of the series that have been taken up for HSRP affixation have to apply at the RLA offices in their respective areas.
The Chandigarh Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) will hold an e-auction for the new series for special/choice registration numbers 0001 to 9999 from September 13.