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Gurugram police may soon use CCTV cameras to fine commuters violating traffic rules

Gurugram traffic police is planning to use CCTV cameras to monitor commuters and nab those not abiding by traffic rules and regulations.

gurgaon Updated: Jun 23, 2018 12:02 IST
Kartik Kumar
Kartik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
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Gurugram traffic policeman fines a commuter on the MG road. (Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

People violating traffic rules may soon find themselves being penalised more frequently, with Gurugram traffic police intending to increase vigilance by using CCTV cameras to monitor commuters and nab those not abiding by traffic rules and regulation.

This was decided during a meeting convened by Rakesh Gupta, additional principal secretary to chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in Chandigarh on Friday.

The process that will come into play once the cameras are roped in will be similar to the one currently in place in Chandigarh, where traffic police officers send challans to the violators’ residences via post.

According to officials privy to the development, Gupta directed Gurugram deputy commissioner Vinay Pratap Singh in a video conference to hold a discussion with Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) CEO V Umashankar and initiate arrangements that will allow the use of CCTV cameras to nab traffic violators.

Umashankar said the GMDA has already prepared a Detailed Project Report (DPR) in this regard and it will be submitted officially on June 29.

“A DPR has been prepared by GMDA on using CCTV cameras for the purpose of e-challaning. A meeting is scheduled with Shyam Sunder Prasad, Haryana home secretary and BS Sandhu, DGP Haryana, on June 29 to discuss the issue.” Umashankar said.

According to officials, the CCTV cameras that will be installed as part of this plan will supplement those already in place across Gurugram.

A collaboration between the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) and Gurugram police, on January 9, resulted in a centralised surveillance monitoring system being set up at the police commissionerate in Civil Lines.

A 10km stretch between the Mini Secretariat and Sadar Bazar has been fitted with 61 CCTV cameras.

Feeds from these cameras are sent to the centralised surveillance monitoring system. This system is used by traffic police officers to manage traffic and keep track of suspicious elements and miscreants.

In a similar announcement made during a video conference with the commissioners of all districts in Haryana, on March 22, Gupta had said that Gurugram traffic police will use CCTV cameras, placed at 29 junctions across the city, to identify speeding vehicles in the district and issue penalties accordingly.

The new procedure is expected to ease the task of traffic police personnel and also tighten the noose around traffic violators in Gurugram.

The system will replace the prevailing tedious one where traffic police officers have to record commuter violations in their registers and subsequently send the fine to the offender’s residence by post.

In 2017, over 7 lakh fines were issued manually by the traffic police for a range of violations.

“Enforcement is an effective measure to reduce accidents in any matter. Hence, CCTV cameras will not only help keep a check on traffic violations, but correspondingly, reduce the risk of accidents to a significant extent as people will be forced to abide by the traffic rules,” Sarika Panda Bhatt, programme coordinator, Haryana Vision Zero, said.

First Published: Jun 23, 2018 11:15 IST