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Swipe your card to pay traffic challan

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2011 00:35 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
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Caught for any traffic violation and running out of money? Never mind, within a few days you will be able to pay fine through your credit or debit cards.

Trial for e-challaning will start in the Capital by the end of the month. During the period practical e-challaning will take place on the violators.

Delhi traffic police have selected nine companies from 12 applicants for the pilot project of e-enforcement across major parts of the city. Three companies' applications have been turned down as their expertise did not match with the requirements of Delhi Police, said a senior officer of Delhi traffic police.

The nine players will cover nine circles including Rohini, Tilak Marg, Vasant Vihar, Civil Lines, Dwarka, Vivek Vihar, Chanakyapuri, RK Puram and Parliament Street.

Some of the big players which would participate in the pilot project include Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System Ltd (DIMMTS), Vayam Technologies Ltd, Wipro Ltd and Turbo Consultancy Service Pvt Ltd.

"The nine players will give practical demonstrations each in one circle till end of August. Based on their performances, Delhi Police will prepare the requisite clauses and call for tenders," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

The system is expected to be in place permanently within three to four months, he added. This dream project of e-enforcement of the traffic police was earlier scheduled to be in place in April 009.

The department would purchase about 2000 e-enforcement devices from the party which would be selected through tendering process. These will be issued to every traffic head constable, assistant sub-inspector, sub-inspector and inspector after training. Delhi traffic police have 1,326 head-constables, 283 ASIs, 370 Sis and 62 inspectors.

The device would be designed in such a way that as soon as a vehicle's registration number is entered, the machine will automatically scan the server and ascertain if vehicle is stolen, or wanted in criminal case or is on the list of suspicious vehicles, said a source.

"An e-challan is an electronic format of the challan which will replace the traditional manual challan book. The device would be able to issue challan and collect fine electronically. One can pay the fine through credit or debit card," said Garg.

Presently, if a traffic norm violator is caught who is running out of adequate amount, he is issued a court challan so that within a stipulated time he can go to the court and pay the fine.