If you live in Mumbai and break any traffic rule don’t be surprised if you receive an e-challan over SMS. A team of 25 constables as been assigned to closely monitor footages from installed 4,717 CCTV cameras all over the city. The footages are being sent to the control room where the assigned team scans them and nabs the traffic offenders.
The team would generate challans which will also bear photographic evidence and the link of online payment portals. The traffic police would also send the details of those offenders to RTO who have violated any traffic rule for more than 5 times to suspend his/her driving licence. Previously the traffic police used to book the offenders manually with an average of 6,000 challans daily, but due to time consumption and corruption, now the process has been changed to a digital process. According to the joint commissioner Milind Bharambe. Spot challans won't be discontinued but will become cashless. The police officers will be equipped with 500 hand-held devices where offenders can pay fines using debit or credit cards. Those who don't possess any credit or debit card they can go to the concerned traffic chowky where an agency will collect fines.
20 constables from the designated team would scan all the footages and they will select the images of traffic violators. These images will be forwarded to the remaining five constables who will key in location and date of the offence as well as the vehicle registration number into a software to generate an e-challan. An SMS containing the challan will be received by the offender and will also have a picture of the offence and other details too.
Now the violators can also pay their fines using e-wallets, which makes this process even smoother and better. The Mumbai traffic police is looking to make this experience cashless and paperless. So with this e-challan the traffic police is all set to reach to the next level.