The Gurgaon police will soon get a major chunk of Rs 25 crore that the Haryana government has recently allotted for improving the state’s policing system, officials said on Saturday.
According to the police, the money will be spent on purchasing better traffic lights, new alcometers and spreading awareness about traffic issues.
“Traffic problems in Gurgaon are much more acute compared to other cities. A major chunk of the fund will be spent in Gurgaon,” Yashpal Singhal, Haryana director general of police (DGP), said.
The Haryana government released the fund after chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced in January that 50% of the penalty money collected from traffic rule violators should be used to improve road and traffic infrastructure of the city.
“The department had been waiting for the fund since long. Now, we will be able to advertise our awareness programmes, advertisements and other initiatives in print and electronic media. We will also use the money we collect from traffic challans on improving road engineering and equipment used by the traffic police. We will also install modern CCTV cameras and buy radar guns, interceptors, alco sensors, helmets for traffic personnel, florescent jackets, belts, pollution masks, cranes and ambulances,” Navdeep Singh Virk, Gurgaon police commissioner, said.
In 2014, the Gurgaon traffic department had collected Rs 8.69 crore from traffic rule violators, which means the police would get around Rs 4 crore, officials have estimated. Earlier, the money used to be deposited in the state exchequer or treasury department, which was later used by the Haryana government for developmental projects.
Prior to this provision, the police department used to turn to civic bodies such as the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) and Public Works Department (PWD) for widening roads and constructing slip roads, among other infrastructure works.
But now, the Gurgaon police have kicked off a study to list the deficiencies in the city’s traffic infrastructure. It has also formed an empowered committee on road safety.