Even as the Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA) struggles to clear the backlog of over thousand registration certificates of new vehicles, it is all set to launch the new series CH 01 AQ, this month.
Sources in the RLA said that after the printer at the RLA crashed, a few months ago, the pendency of the registration certificates (RC) and licenses had reached 22,000 and 5,000, respectively. However, last month, the defunct printer was repaired and another for licenses was ordered. Despite, this, the RLA is yet to deliver thousands of RCs from the previous two series, CH 01 AN and CH 01 AP.
Many residents who had applied for registration certificates in August and September were informed that the documents would be delivered by January 2013, forcing them to drive their vehicles with temporary numbers, well past the deadlines for the same.
Registering and Licensing Authority-cum-SDM Parshuram V Kawle said, “We have already cleared about 80 to 85 per cent of the backlog. The defunct printer is now working, and a new printer has been installed to issue licenses. We are trying our best to clear all the pending RCs”.
RLA registers 200 to 250 vehicles on an average every day, but it doesn’t have an additional printer to replace the existing, in time of an emergency.
As the number of existing series ‘CH-01-AP’ is expected to exhaust in a few days, the RLA is gearing for auction of new series `CH-01-AQ’.
Another official of the RLA said, soon, we would start the booking of fancy numbers, and the auctions for the new series will be held at the RLA office in Sector 17, this month.
Like previous series, there will be around 9,999 numbers in the new series and the authority is expecting that over 150 numbers will go for auction in the new series.
The last auction of series `CH-01-AP’ was held in August,2012. “The RLA will soon advertise about the launch of new vehicle series. The auction of the new series is likely to be held by mid-November,” said an official of RLA.
At present, the city has over 9.5 lakh vehicles registered with the RLA. Department officials said Chandigarh was one of the few cities in the country with a significantly high number of vehicles per capita and highest number of car owners
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