HYDERABAD: The state government will take a decision soon regarding issue of high security number plates. The implementation of high security number plates has become a headache to RTC and transport officials. As per the government affidavit submitted to supreme court, they will complete the tender process by April 5 and start implementing the scheme from 30 April.
But RTC officials have not completed the tender process even till this day. The officials had opened technical bids and financial bids were kept pending, due to objections raised by Road Transport Authority. As per official dates announced, the bids were supposed to have been opened on March 31, but later got postponed to April 3. It has been further postponed and the fresh date is yet to be announced.
The RTC officials are worrying about the reaction of supreme court. The delay in implementing the high security number plates could be held as contempt of court. The project has been successfully implemented in other states, while the AP government has failed even in completing the tender process.
The state government has appointed a 3-man-committee comprising transport principal secretary, commissioner and APSRTC managing director. The committee was given powers to take important decisions on implementing the high security number plates.
One of the committee members and RTC managing director B Prasada Rao said the committee would convene a meeting in two days and put forth suggestions to the government regarding implementation. He also said that they would explain the present situation to the government.
The supreme court has directed all states to implement high security number plates to all vehicles, to ensure safety and other security aspects last year itself. Based on court guidelines, the state government has entrusted the project to APSRTC, which has been facing tremendous financial loss. The APSRTC officials had divided the project into four packages and invited tenders last year.