Licences of repeat traffic offenders in all major cities in the state could soon be suspended. Reason: the Rs49.97-crore e-challan project, which will help maintain records of traffic violations, will be implemented within six months.
A high-powered committee headed by chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya last week approved the proposal for 26 municipal corporations, excluding Mumbai. The traffic police will now have to feed the data in a hand-held device, instead of filling out slips manually. The device will be connected to the control and command rooms that have CCTV set-ups.
“The project will first be introduced in Navi Mumbai, Thane, Pune and Nagpur. E-challans will help cops save time and book more offenders. The hand-held devices will have data of all licences and vehicles. The existing laws have a provision for higher penalty for multiple offenders. The system will make it possible to keep track of such people. We are contemplating suspending licences of drivers with multiple offences,” said an official from the department.
The official said the government expects to recover the money spent on the project soon through the fines.
The state government has also given a nod to six other projects, which were part of technology-driven modernisation. This includes CCTVs in 26 cities governed by municipal corporations, e-recruitment of police constables, asset management in police force, health management for police personnel, standardisation of apps and implementation of emergency helpline 112 for all emergency needs.
HT had, on November 4, reported about the state government’s plan to modernise police force using technology in ten projects.
“The remaining six projects will cost us about Rs200 crore. This will be a major step towards use of modern technology in the department. We expect the CCTV projects to be implemented in major cities in the next one year, and asset management to be completed in one year. The request for proposals from system integrators for projects will be issued this week,” KP Bakshi, additional chief secretary, home, told HT.
BMC to install 40 CCTV cameras on highways
The civic body plans to install 40 CCTV cameras with automatic number plate recognition (APNR) technology along the western express highway, eastern express highway, Netaji Subhash Chandra Marg on Marine Drive. The project will cost Rs2.45 crore. The technology uses optical character recognition on images to read vehicle registration plates.
Some can even be configured to store a photograph of the motorist. This will ensure e-traffic tickets are sent to offenders. This will be in addition to the 4,717 cameras installed by traffic police department in October. The cameras will stream live footage to the traffic police control room, where a team of police personnel will ascertain the type of violations.