New Delhi: The Delhi High Court gave green signal to the state government’s high security tamper proof registration number plate project for vehicles in the national capital.

In a major relief to the state government on Friday, a bench comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Rajeev Shakdhar dismissed the petition filed by a private firm and approved the project.

The firm had challenged the government’s notification which gave rights to Delhi Integrated Multi Model Transit System Limited to float tenders for the high security number plate project.

The High Court in its order also imposed a fine of Rs 8 lakh on the firm saying that Rs 76,600 will be paid to the Delhi government and remaining Rs 19,150 will be given to the Centre.

The bench accepted the state government’s argument that only a decision has been taken to award the contract to a private firm. The government also stated that it was giving the plates at rate of Rs 277, whereas Rs 349 are being charged in West Bengal for the same plate.

Following the directions of the Supreme Court, the government had issued a notification on May 5.

The high security number plates will help locate stolen vehicles through GPS and smart card in the plates.

JPN/Bureau