Dr. H.R. Keshavmurthy
    Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran Limited (BRBNML) is a wholly owned subsidiary of RBI. It has two note presses at Mysore and Salboni (near Calcutta) to meet the growing demands for various currencies in the country. Currencies of various denominations like Rs.10, 20,50,100 and 500 are produced in these places for its customer, RBI. Their production capacity of 9 billion pieces of notes per year will go a long way in meeting the national demand which is estimated to be around

Super simulton 17 billion notes per year. The rest of the demand is being met by the GOI press at Nagpur

New Note Press at Mysore:

    This Project at Mysore has been completed in a record time and it has seven production lines capable of printing notes of all denominations. Built over a beautiful landscape in the eastern part of Mysore, the project covers an area of nearly 350 acres. Till now, an amount of around Rs 880 crores have been spent on this project.

    The main press unit is one of the largest buildings in Asia and has been designed keeping in view the architectural heritage of Mysore city. The township can accommodate nearly 1100 employees at a time. At the moment, around 500 people are busy in the production of currency apart from the security staff of Central Industrial Security Force.

Printing Process:

    It involves three stages; Offset designs are printed on Super Simultan and that of Intagalio on Super Orlof Intaglio; Numbering of Sheets is done on Super Numerator. These machines are highly sophisticated and computer controlled. Super Simultan Machine is used for printing of both front and back surfaces simultaneously to achieve perfection.

    The printed sheets which carry notes from 40 to 60 depending upon the denominations are subjected to a cursory check by flicking and the good sheets are segregated and issued for numbering.

Super numerator

    One of the official here in the Mysore Unit by name V.K. Rao has designed and developed a unique numbering system called Special Numbering System (SpaNS). This enables numbering of all note packets in sequence in the adjacent note positions. Defective notes are identified and renumbered on a computer controlled random numbering machine.

    This machine which has been developed using in-house talents replaces the old system of manual numbering.

    Next stage is the cutting of numbered sheets into single notes, binding of 100 note units, arranging 10 packets sequentially,
confirming the accuracy of the contents and wrapping them in a bundle. All these operations are completed on electronically controled Cutpak finishing machine.

    Twenty bundles consisting of 1000 notes each are made into mini packsand packed in wooden containers for despatching to RBI issue centres.

Currency Note:

    It is a security document to make forgery difficult. The notepaper is of a special quality and is made of 100% cotton rag content with a cylinder mould made water mark. The security print is a single ply, continous polyester, vacuum metallised film with negative de-metalised transparent characters. The security thread is embedded in the paper in case of Rs.10,20 and 50 notes and in case of 100 and 500 notes, windowed security thread is provided. While Rs.10 note is printed only offset design others have intaglio also.

    With the commissioning of this press the country can hope to get rid of the damaged, torn and old notes in the near future.