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If a senior official of Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) is to be believed, the corporation has offered its services to the city traffic police in issuing challan to traffic violators at a cost of 30% share in the fine amount imposed on violators.

The Nagpur traffic police refused to accept the proposal. The decision has developed a tussle of sort between the NSSCDCL and the traffic department. The department feels that issuing challan is not a problem, recovery of fine is. “If the NSSCDCL, as it claims, starts issuing more challan than the traffic department, who will go to each and every houses to collect the fines,” said a traffic official.

On an average, the Nagpur city traffic police issue around 150 e-challans per day with the help of CCTV footage. The NSSCDCL said it will deploy its manpower in the command control room to generate e-challans of traffic violators. Manually, the traffic police from 10 zones issue challans to 2,213 violators per day. “Collecting these fine itself has become a tedious work for the department. If the Smart City officials start issuing more challan, who will collect these fines,” asked an official.

Sources said if the Smart City officials start issuing challan, it will further increase the work pressure on traffic police. “Already, motorists penalized through CCTV cameras were rarely paying the fine. In fact, the pending fines have mounted so much that DCP (traffic) Sarang Awad has launched a special operation to recover the pending fines,” the official said.

NSSCDCL chief executive officer Buvneshwari S was not available for comment. She did not even respond to text messages.

At present, the traffic police have deputed at least 20 personnel at City Operation Centre at NMC’s administrative building in Civil Lines who monitor footage of 3,698 CCTV cameras installed at 660 junctions and then generate e-challans to violators. These cops check each and every footage of the CCTV cameras for traffic violations such as jumping traffic signals, zebra line crossing, driving without seatbelt, riding without helmet etc from 9am to 6pm.

Sources said despite having invested about Rs 520 crore in CCTV cameras installation at various junctions to catch traffic offenders, it has failed to ease the workload of Nagpur traffic police. The high-tech facility fails to differentiate between red light violation detection and stop line violations besides failing to generate e-challans automatically.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Proshun Chakraborty

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 17.06.2021

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