In an attempt to relieve the city from vehicular congestion, Mumbai Traffic Police is all set to tighten the traffic norms by launching e-challan System by February next year. Under this system, traffic constables and officers will be equipped with hand held devices to issue e-Challans to traffic offenders.
Phase one of Mumbai City Surveillance Project has been inaugurated by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. 1381 CCTV cameras have been installed across certain key areas including Gateway of India, E Moses Road, Girgaum Chowpatty, Kala Ghoda, & Marine Drive to name a few. Officers can now keep track of all the suspicious events in the city.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria presented the e-challan pilot project to Bombay High Court saying, “On the lines of Bangalore and Hyderabad, Mumbai traffic police will also start the e-challan system. We have tied up with the State Bank of India. Hand-held gadgets will be provided to traffic constables and officers who are on the streets on which if any traffic violator is stopped only a receipt can be issued to him or her. The fine amount will have to be paid online.”
Traffic police will start issuing e-challans to the offenders caught on camera using the surveillance network. Core idea behind digitization of the challan system is to eliminate cash transactions for collection of fines. The camera will capture number plates of traffic violators, cops will trace the details of the vehicle owners from the regional RTO, & e-challans will be issued to the addresses submitted at the time of registration of the vehicle.
Ranjit Patil, Minister of state for home made an announcement in the legislative council, “The CCTV cameras that we have installed have been able to register vehicles that violate traffic norms, so we plan to start issuing e-challans by January-February.” Opposition leader, Dhananjay Munde alleged that the project has been granted to a contractor who doesn’t have much experience in projects of this scale.
RTO has been directed by the court to help the traffic police with the database of vehicles registered before 2006 within a span of six months.
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