Chandigarh traffic police are getting popular on the Internet, especially Facebook and Youtube. The Facebook page of the force has been liked by 15,000 people so far, while more than 10,000 netizens have viewed videos uploaded by it on Youtube.
Even the official website of the UT traffic police has had an increase in the number of visitors after it was upgraded and made more interactive in November. The website, www.chandigarhtrafficpolice.org, receives 1,330 hits daily; it has had 6.65 lakh unique visitors so far this year. Superintendent of police (traffic) Maneesh Chaudhry said more than a lakh people had visited the website in the past 50 days. "We reached the figure after taking out the average that each user has six hits," he said.
Enthused by the success and popularity of the website, the top brass of Chandigarh police has now decided to follow its traffic wing and upgrade its website, too.
The Facebook page of the force allows residents to post pictures, highlighting violations by motorists and also to write suggestions. City residents, particularly technology-savvy youngsters, turn to the website for answer to queries related to traffic violations.
On the presence of the force on the Internet, Chaudhry said they were using technology to come closer to the public and also to get feedback.
He, however, added that the primary objective was to promote road safety. "The traffic awareness videos we have uploaded do have an impact on the viewer's mind. These videos encourage them to drive safe," he said.
Chandigarh police take leaf from traffic wing
Inspired by the success of its traffic wing, Chandigarh police now plan to do-up their main website, which will have a fresh design within a fortnight. It will guide residents about how to complain to the police in case of any problem. The website will also have forms regarding tenant-servant verification, registration of paying guest accommodation and many more.