After missing several deadlines since 2009, the Delhi Traffic Police’s much hyped e-challan project has finally cleared all hurdles. The Rs. 14.26-crore project received the Delhi government’s nod on Wednesday.
Traffic police are now planning to introduce this system during its drive against drunk driving on New Year’s eve. Under the new system, penalty slips will be issued electronically through a special GPRS-GIS-enabled hand-held device connected to a central server.
“We are planning to replace the manual challan books by these devices by the year-end,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic). A total of 1,200 devices — hired from Airtel — will be made functional initially.
Since the machine is connected to the central server, subsequent traffic violations can be caught and stolen vehicles identified. The device has an in-built smart card reading system for driving licences and registration certificates.
Also, an offender can pay the challan through credit and debit cards, said a traffic police officer. “We will be able to realise challans of at least Rs. 120 crore per annum through this system, three times the average of Rs. 45 crore,” said the officer.
“Any user has to register himself with a log-in id and password to operate the system,” Garg said. The device will be issued to every traffic head constable, assistant sub-inspector, sub-inspector and inspector.