VISAKHAPATNAM: The public sector MMTC has plans to open about three to five outlets in its Visakhapatnam region in the next three or four months. Announcing this at a media conference here on Friday, MMTC Deputy General Manager R.K. Arvind said that it was also planning to open a Hallmarking unit in the city. “The Bureau of Indian Standards has granted recognition to MMTC as an assaying and hallmarking centre under BIS Hallmarking scheme for gold jewellery,” he said. Mr. Arvind said that MMTC aimed at protecting consumer rights and make sure that the common man enjoyed the luxury of possessing precious metals. Towards this, it had devised gold and silver medallions of 999 purity and silver ware of different varieties are sold under the brand name Sanchi with 92.5 per cent purity. Akshaya Tritiya being a great festival of prosperity, MMTC was offering guaranteed quality products through its 12 outlets in the city. Senior Manager K. Durga Prasad was also present.