By Y.S. RANA ,CHANDIGARH—Soon Chandigarh Police will become second city in the country after Bangalore to introduce e-challaning system. With the introduction of the system, the Chandigarh Police will say good bye to ‘Challan Book’. Recently, the Chandigarh Police has sent a proposal in this regard to the Administration.
The system will not only increase the efficiency of the traffic police but also ease traffic violators’ fine woes. It will allow fine payment on the spot and save them from doing the rounds of the courts or police lines to get their documents released. At present, traffic violator’s documents are seized by the cops not paying the penalty in cash because in absence of such system. The police have decided to purchase 300 hand held devices. Violators will be issued computerized challan receipts on the spot without seizure of violators’ insurance, driving licence or registration certificate.
According to a senior traffic police official, modalities have been worked out and the project will start soon. He further stated that registration numbers of all vehicles in the city would be fed in the device where all information of vehicle’s owner was stored. The device with a central surver will work through GPRS.
With the system in place, the traffic cops will be equipped with sophisticated gadgets that will keep a data base of the previous violations by a particular vehicle’s owner and could be retrieved at any time. As soon as the name of violator is fed in the device, his whole data will be displayed on the screen of the device.
“The e-challaning system will provide hassle-free service to the cops besides reducing our legwork to the maximum, reducing the chances of corruption,” remarked a traffic police official. In fact it makes for a win-win situation both for the department as well as traffic rules violators. On one hand, the system will give the functioning a leg-up on the other, it will come as a great relief to the violator’s woes, he added.
At a later stage, the violators would allow payment through credit cards. “There will be no more scrambling from one place to another for getting their documents released,” said the official.
The device has in its memory more than 400 violations prescribed in the Motor Vehicles Act. Punjab is also all set to introduce the system in Amritsar, Patiala, Bathinda, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Mohali. EOM