Secure number plates: Notice issued to Delhi govt

The HSRP project will enable investigating agencies to track stolen or missing vehicles.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay the tender process for tamper-proof high security registration plates (HSRP) project for vehicles in the national capital.

The HSRP project will enable investigating agencies to track stolen or missing vehicles by using smart cards and global position system (GPS).

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and AK Patnaik, however, agreed to hear the plea of a company challenging the process and issued a notice to Delhi government seeking its response before June 23, the closing date of the bids.

The court passed the orders on a petition filed by Tonnjes Eastern Security Technologies Pvt Ltd challenging a Delhi High Court order which refused to stay the bidding.

The notification, inviting tenders for the project intended to prevent vehicle thefts in the national capital, was issued by Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMMTSL) -- a joint venture company with equal equity of Delhi government and Infrastructure Development Finance Company.

The HSRP has a chromium-based hologram with `chakra` image sticker having the engine and chassis number and non-removable and non-reusable snap lock.

Challenging the notification of DIMMTSL, empowered by Delhi government, to float tenders, the company had sought its quashing.

It sought a stay of the bidding saying there are "inherent defects" in it which render the scheme ineffective.


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