As per the data from safer roads for Gurugram, there were 1,149 accidents reported in 2019 of which 48 per cent were caused by speeding. Speeding, jumping a traffic signal, drunk driving are a few of the traffic violations that contribute to the rising number of accidents on city roads.
To check the violations of traffic rules, the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is planning to soon start issuing e-challans. The project is being launched in association with NIC and will be designed by the smart city and mobility division of the department and implemented by the traffic police.
CCTV cameras will be used to detect the traffic violations such as speeding or jumping a signal. This will be done using specialised cameras that can capture the numberplates and detect speeding. The data from these cameras will be transferred through the optical fibre network and relayed at the integrated command and control centre (ICCC), an official said.
“We already have 315 CCTV cameras that have numberplate detectors — used to detect violations by a team of traffic cops stationed at the ICCC. A team of traffic cops at the ICCC will be monitoring the feed and challans will be generated by the system automatically. The challans will be sent to the violator through post or SMSes. These details can be accessed through the national database called Vahan,” said a senior GMDA official.
The official said that 500 more such cameras are yet to be installed at 200 points for monitoring traffic violations. To begin with, the challans will be sent through post. However, GMDA and traffic police eventually plan to design a system where the challans can be sent as a text message to the violators in real time.
“The project is in the initial phase and we are studying the different models being followed in other metros such as Delhi,” an official said. A similar project had been launched by the city police in 2018, but due to lack of functional infrastructure, the project did not succeed.