High security number plates to be delayed
However, with the file still pending with the law department, even as the month of March comes to an end, the process is likely to be delayed, sources said. Last year, a contempt case was filed in the Supreme Court against Goa for the delay in implementation of HSRP.
“We have sent the file to the law department, but the file has not yet come back to us. We will follow up with them,” a transport official said.
TOI had earlier reported that the department had initiated tender works for the implementation of HSRP in Goa. The tender was granted to Real Mazon India Pvt Ltd soon after. Sources from the department said that the company has already set up a factory at Verna and has ventured into primary production of the plates.
“The MoU has been duly signed by the Goa government with the management of Real Mazon India Pvt Ltd and the transport department. The law department has to go through the agreement that we’ve entered into and tell us if everything is okay. Once the vetting is done, they will revert to us on whether the clauses are befitting, following which a cut-off date will be finalised by us for the implementation. We will issue another notification on the implementation and the phase-by-phase manner of executing the task,” the official said.
After the green signal, showrooms will have to install the HSRPs before handing vehicles to owners. Once the day-to-day registration of vehicles is handled, all vehicles registered from January to April 2019 will have to report to the fitment centre, followed by vehicles registered from January 1 to December 2018 and so on.
“We’ll have a policy to complete the task in 30-45 days for all those vehicles. We will have fitment centres at Porvorim, Mapusa, Bicholim and other places where plates will be available for embossing on two and four wheelers,” the official said, adding that the implementation may get delayed by a month.
Stating that they will have to answer the Union ministry and the apex court for the delay, the official said, “The Supreme Court had issued orders and directions to start implementing and the process is already completed. We are now only waiting for vetting by the law department. The government is geared up and may start the implementation of HSRP anytime soon.”