While buying a car in Chandigarh may no longer be a big deal, getting a registration certificate for it, certainly is something that a large number of city residents have found out. At least 22,000 residents, who had bought new vehicles in the last six months, have been forced to drive without a Registration Certificate (RC).
Another 4,000 residents have been left to drive their vehicles with receipts, issued by the RLA.
Reason: The only printer at the Registering and the Licensing Authority (RLA) office is not functioning.
Ironically, the RLA, otherwise earns lakhs of rupees almost every three months through auctions of numbers alone.
Sample this: A Chandigarh resident who bought a car in June 2012 was asked to collect his RC in August. In August, the date was extended to September 26. When he went to collect it on the due date, he was given yet another extension and asked to collect the registration certificate in January 2013.
He is just one of the 22,000 residents waiting endlessly for registration certificates from one of the UT Administrations highest earning departments.
The delay has been caused after a printer, which prints the RCs and licenses, suffered from technical trouble that could not be rectified. The department then decided to buy a new printer, for which, an order was placed with a firm in Mysore over two weeks ago. This, however, is yet to arrive.
Insiders say that officials in the RLA and the Society for Promotion of Information and Technology in Chandigarh (SPIC), responsible for procuring printers, have started a blame-game.
When contacted, SDM and UT Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA), Parshuram Kavle, said: The part of the faulty printer has been received today and the new printer will also be received shortly. Within the next ten days, the entire backlog will be cleared. For the purpose, the RLA staff will work in three shifts, day and night. We will also be issuing public notices for the general public to come and collect their RC s and licenses irrespective of the dates given.
Sources in the RLA revealed that vehicle owners of two previous series CH01AN and CH01AP have not got their registration cards till now as each vehicle series has 9999 registration numbers.
Even a few numbers of the CH01AM series, which was launched around five months ago, are also pending.