Three weeks after the high security registration plates scheme was implemented,the authorities plan to make functional six more centres for fitting of the plates.
Till now,only one centre in Burari was fixing the registration plates. The new centres will be made operational by the end of the week.
Two new centres will be located in Timarpur,since it is near Mall Road and Rajpur Road regional transport offices (RTOs). Other centres will be in Rohini,Janakpuri,Pitampura (near Wazirpur RTO) and Kakrola More (near Palam RTO).
Initial plan was to have 14 fitting centres across the city.
The Transport department has given the authorisation to start these centers. Only fitting of plates will take place at these centres. The plates will be manufactured at Burari. We hope to have all 14 centres for fixation of number plates operational by this month-end, said a Transport official.
Buyers of new vehicles will now be given an authorisation slip,at the time of registration,specifying the day,time and centre where they can get the secure number plate fitted.
The buyer can visit the fitting centre over the next six days (after registering the vehicle) to get the HSRP fixed, said the official.
Senior officials in the Transport department said each centre is expected to have a capacity to install 1,000 number plates daily.
The secure number plates project was started for new vehicles on May 1. The installation for existing vehicles will begin from June 15.
As per estimates,around 1,300 vehicles are registered in Delhi every day.
Rosmerta Technologies is the company responsible for fitting the the high security registration plates on vehicles,across all RTOs in Delhi.
We will specify the time,in terms of afternoon or evening,and the day when a vehicle owner can come to the designated centre to get the number plate fixed. We will also accommodate others who come to our centres without an appointment, said U R Kapoor,managing director of Rosmerta Technologies.
The company said they are also looking at an option of opening a manufacturing unit for number plates in an industrial area of the city. This is expected to take the load off Burari office,which is manufacturing the plates at present.
We are looking for such a space and hope to have such a centre ready before the process for fixing plates for existing vehicles starts. The plates will then be transported to all fitting centres every day, said Kapoor.
According to Motor Licensing Officer (Operations) Anil Chhikara,steps are being taken to streamlining the system by taking it online before June 15.