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HC green signal for secure car number plates

The Delhi High Court has given the go-ahead for introduction of the tamper-proof High Security Registration Plates system in the Capital,declining to stay the project on a petition by a private firm.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 14, 2011 12:30:00 am

The Delhi High Court has given the go-ahead for introduction of the tamper-proof High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) system in the Capital,declining to stay the project on a petition by a private firm. The HSRP will use smart cards and the global positioning system (GPS) to prevent vehicle thefts.

The court cleared the decks for the bidding process of HSRP after dismissing the plea of Tonnjes Eastern Security Technologies Pvt Ltd which had sought a stay on the entire process. The scheme,envisaged in pursuant to a Supreme Court order in April,is likely to be launched by August.

A vacation bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Rajiv Sahai Endlaw rejected the plea of the firm for a stay on the bidding. The petitioner claimed that inherent defects in the process had rendered the scheme ineffective.

Implementation of the HSRP project was made mandatory for all states and Union Territories after the Supreme Court on April 7 upheld a petition filed by Maninderjit Singh Bitta.

The Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMTS) issued tender on May 5 for supply of a complete set of security licence plates,in terms of The Motor Vehicle (New HSRP) order 2001 and Rule 50 of Central Motor Vehicle Rules (CMVRs) 1989.

The deadline for submission and opening of the pre-qualification bid has been extended until June 20.

Challenging the DIMTS notification,the company sought its dismissal.

Apart from seeking a stay,the petitioner also sought issuance of fresh notice inviting tender for the procurement of licence plates and associated items in Delhi.

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