The Haryana government on Friday approved the formation of a road safety fund for improving road and traffic safety infrastructure in Gurgaon. There will be around Rs.4 crore in the fund this year.
Illegal parking contributes most to traffic fines.
The fund has been formed in accordance with an announcement made by CM Manohar Lal Khattar in January. Khattar had said that 50% of the penalty money collected from traffic rule violators should be ploughed back for improving the road and traffic infrastructure where the fine is collected.
Accordingly, the traffic police will now get 50% of the money earned through challans annually.
A sum of Rs.8.69 crore was collected in Gurgaon from traffic violators in 2014 and so the city police will get around Rs.4 crore.
Earlier, the money collected from traffic offenders was deposited in the state exchequer or treasury department and was used by the state government for various developmental projects.
The police department used to turn to agencies like Huda, MCG or PWD for widening of narrow roads, constructing slip roads etc.
“The department had been waiting for the fund since long. Now we will be able to use the Awareness programmes, advertisements for rally, quiz, drawing competition in print and electronic media Awareness through pamphlets, signage, hoardings and boards revenue we generate from the city in term of traffic challans for improving the infrastructure related to road engineering or the paraphernalia used by the traffic police personnel. We are likely to get over Rs.4 crore from the previous year’s collection. The amount will be spent for installing CCTV cameras and buying modern CCTV cameras, radar gun, interceptors, alco sensors Helmets for traffic cops, florescent jackets, belt, pollution masks Cranes and ambulances equipment,” said Navdeep Singh Virk, Gurgaon police commissioner.
Following the development, the Gurgaon police have kicked off a study to establish the deficiency in the traffic infrastructure in the city.
Meanwhile, besides the fund, an empowered committee on road safety has also been formed.