Cuttack, Sept 29: The Orissa High Court on Wednesday asked the Odisha government to inform about the infrastructure developed by it for affixing High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP) in vehicles.
The High Court expressed anguish for thinking of imposing penalties without putting proper infrastructure in place for it.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice Chittaranjan Dash sought a reply from the State Transport Authority (STA) on whether the deadline for affixing the HSRP could be further extended following the heavy rush for getting the new number plate.
The Bench was hearing a writ petition filed by Pabitra Mohan Khuntia and Madhab Mohanty.
The court adjourned the matter to September 30 and asked the STA to put its reply.
The petition said the Odisha government on May 26 issued a notification for mandatory affixation of HSRP in vehicles registered before 2019, with just three months deadline. It is not possible for lakhs of vehicles to affix the HSRP in such a short period of time.
Rural people face slow internet problems for slot booking while urban people are not getting slots due to heavy rush. The petitioners have appealed to the court for cancellation of the notification or to ask the state government to bring new guidelines.