THE HI-TECH Toyota Qualis interceptor van (MP 02 AV 3333) purchased by the Transport Department about a year ago and handed over to the Bhopal Traffic Police — has not able to serve the real purpose for close to two months. The reason: some equipment have gone kaput and the traffic police has not been able to get a mechanic to fix the problem.
The high-cost multifunctional vehicle worth some Rs 22 lakh was purchased to track any traffic-related offence.
The vehicle, which can be seen parked near a pavement on the left side at Roshanpura Square every day, is still in guarantee period and repairs will not cost a penny, according to well-informed sources.
Yet, none of the dysfunctional equipment has been fixed till date. It is loaded with all kinds of hi-tech gizmos, including a closed circuit camera, radar, video recorder, speed monitor and breath analyser just to name a few.
A major damage has been caused to the c.c. camera — one of the vann’s most useful gadgets. Some part inside the camera has been damaged rendering it useless, traffic police officials say.
The mechanic has to be called from Mumbai. Officials assert they have been calling the mechanic repeatedly, but to no avail. The police say the technician has not come despite repeated reminders on the excuse that the damaged camera part has to be brought from Chennai.
The officials, nonetheless, claimed that another reminder has been sent to the mechanic on November 4 and it was expected the damaged equipment would become functional again soon.
Officials of the Traffic Police claim the van can be utilised for several kinds of duties. Traffic DSP Yograj Singh says police can provide photographic evidence of any traffic-related offence besides accurately checking the speed of passing vehicles.
The breath analyser fitted in the van can immediately calculate whether a driver is under the influence of alcohol. Other equipment also can provide great help to the police in traffic regulation.