The Gurgaon traffic police's page on the social networking website Facebook is gaining popularity as more than 4,000 netizens have joined it.
On the basis of pictures of traffic violations uploaded by the users, the city police have been able to challan 450 traffic violators on the website. The social site, which has given a platform to people to share their traffic-related problems, has 4,025 users.
"The Gurgaon traffic police page on Facebook is gaining popularity because people discuss their issues and give unbiased opinions. The Gurgaon police have carved a niche for themselves in terms of road regulation and safety. Ever since its launch, more than 4,000 people have liked the profile," said a senior police official.
"The page includes details about traffic violators, contact numbers of police officials and traffic advisories. The traffic police motto: service, security and cooperation, has also been uploaded on the site. Not only this, residents can post pictures of traffic violations on the page for the officials to take some action," said the official.
"This is a successful experiment of the traffic police. We want to make people aware about the police system and need their assistance to counter traffic violations. We get peoples' suggestions and complaints every day."
The Gurgaon police have also added a new feature - add more friends - to its social networking site to help curb crime in the city.
Besides creating a Facebook page, the police will also upgrade its official website to make it more people-friendly and attract more and more residents, a senior official said.
Soon, Facebook users will be able to listen to real-time updates on traffic movements broadcast by the city's community radio.