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High security number plates: Govt to ask SC for more time

After missing the December 31,2011,deadline for implementing the high security registration plate scheme,the Delhi government is now planning to approach the court and ask them for more time to execute the scheme as it might have to go in for a re-tendering for the project.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
January 13, 2012 2:08:47 am

After missing the December 31,2011,deadline for implementing the high security registration plate (HSRP) scheme,the Delhi government is now planning to approach the court and ask them for more time to execute the scheme as it might have to go in for a re-tendering for the project.

The government plans to come out with a new tender in the last week of January after the court hearing.

The HSRP project was to be earlier implemented by the Delhi Integrated Multi-modal Transit System (DIMTS). However,with the court recommending a single vendor process for the HSRP,the agreement with DIMTS had to be dropped,said officials.

“The Supreme Court had recommended that a single vendor procure and install the registration plates. However,in the existing scenario,while DIMTS was to install the number plates,the procurement was sub-contracted to another vendor,” added the official. Sources said though the government was keen to go ahead with the existing agreement,doubts were raised by the Law department about the two-vendor process.

“The court hearing is on January 20,and we will float the tender immediately after the court’s decision. We will ask for three months’ time to implement the project,“ said an official. He further stated that even if the project is re-tendered by the end of the month,the scheme could be implemented by March.

HSRPs are tamper-proof and meant to aid law enforcement agencies in tracing vehicles that are involved in crimes. Meanwhile,the rates for the number plates have been decided,said sources. The vendor will charge between Rs 80 (for two-wheelers) and Rs 230 (for four-wheelers). DIMTS was asking the government to pay it Rs 100 per plate for the embossing. This is besides the service tax that will be charged at the rate of 12%.

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