The Gurgaon Traffic Police just got wealthier. The department has amassed a whopping Rs 16.59 crore during the past five years.
The police also imposed 4.92 lakh challans during the same period, with the maximum being in 2011.
However, despite the high number of challans during 2010 and 2011, the revenue collected was not high as 2007, 2008 and 2009. The police hope to achieve their target in 2012.
Sources in the traffic department said the fine collected from erring motorists in 2011 reached Rs 5.42 crore, registering a remarkable increase from Rs 3.07 crore collected during 2010.
A total of 2.56 lakh challans were issued for various traffic violations 2011, which increased from 1.22 lakh in 2010.
The data also shows that 33,310 challans were issued in 2008, and Rs 3.27 crore collected as fine in the same year.
In 2009, the police imposed 58,075 challans and collected revenue of Rs 2.93 crore, compared to 2.56 lakh challans and fine of Rs 5.42 crore in 2011.
Likewise, in 2007, only 21,984 challans were issued but the revenue collected was Rs 1.87 crore.
In 2011, the number of challans imposed was 10 times more (2.56 lakh), and the revenue increased by 3 times (Rs 5.42 crore).
“Earlier, if somebody was caught violating traffic norms, the offender paid fine for multiple offences in one challan. Now, if a defaulter is involved in various offences, we book him in the category which has the maximum penalty. This is the reason the figures of revenue collection vary,” said a senior traffic police official not wishing to be named.
“Our aim is to educate people on traffic rules. The data shows that we are committed to our job. We have set higher targets for 2012,” said Bharti Arora, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).