September 1, 2016 4:05:45 am
RESIDENTS WILL have to pay more for getting high security registration plates (HSRP) installed on their vehicles as the new firm has proposed 100 per cent hike in the existing rates.
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. 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. However, the new company has proposed 100 per cent hike in the existing rates, pushing the rates for two-wheelers to Rs 158 and Rs 366 for four-wheelers.
Secretary transport K K Jindal said only one firm showed interest despite multiple tenders floated by the transport department. The firm has quoted 100 per cent higher rates than the existing rates. “The company has expressed its inability to work below the proposed rates,” said Jindal. The transport department has constituted a high power committee for giving the company a hearing and fixing the new rates. “The rates will be revised for sure as it won’t be financially viable for the firm to work at the existing rates,” informed Jindal, however, he said high power committee is working on convincing the firm to bring down the proposed increase in the rates.
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 backlog of over 10,000 HSRP.
As per norms, HSRP on new vehicles are affixed at the time of registration itself. However, in case of old registered vehicles, HSRP is affixed 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.
Not so smooth going in Panchkula, Mohali
The vehicle owners in Panchkula have been complaining about delay caused by the authorised vendor in fitting the HSRP. Following several complaint from the residents, Panchkula administration has asked the vendor – Link Utsav— to install HSRP on vehicles within four days of receiving payment. Thereafter, the vendor is liable to pay penalty to the customer at the rate of Rs 50 per day for the first seven days and Rs 75 thereafter.
In Mohali, HSRP is not being installed on the vehicles from nearly two years after the company authorised in fitting the HSRP moved court due to dispute with the state government.
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