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HindustanTimes Wed,20 Aug 2014

Delhi: e-challans cross one lakh mark in 3 weeks

Subhendu Ray, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 26, 2013
First Published: 22:45 IST(26/8/2013) | Last Updated: 10:54 IST(27/8/2013)
In just three weeks of its launch, the traffic police's e-challan system has already issued over one lakh tickets to traffic violators.

The traffic police had given the system a soft launch in the first week of August by rolling out 1,200 e-enforcement devices. The e-challan system aims at doing away with a traffic policeman's age-old challan book and catching repeat offenders. The e-challan device is connected to the central database of violators and makes available online details of traffic violators.

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Initially, the devices will issue an average of 2500 e-challans daily. But the number has gradually crossed 6,000 challans per day, said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic). "We have already issued nearly 1.2 lakh e-challans in three weeks," he said.

But the traffic police aren't doing away with their challan books -- at least not yet. The reason: The books are a back-up option in case the device malfunctions.

In the first few days, a number of devices had developed minor snags such as connectivity issues. But over some time, almost all devices have started functioning properly, said a senior traffic police officer.

"Almost 70% of the devices are now connected with the central server and challans being issued for the violations through these are stored in the central database," said Shukla.

"Soon after achieving 100 per cent proficiency of e-enforcement, we will do away with the manual challan books for good and formally announce the launch of the project," he added.

The traffic police are aiming at earning at least R120 crore per annum through this system, which is three times the average annual amount of R45 crore it currently earns.

The devices will soon be equipped to allow violators to pay fines through credit and debit cards as the Delhi police have received a go-ahead for the e-payment gateway from the ministry of home affairs and have tied up with State Bank of India, said officials.

The e-challan project, which was conceptualised at least three years ago, had faced a number of administrative and technical roadblocks over the past many months. These included the machine malfunctioning due to weather conditions and the inability of policemen to operate the devices.

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