Cops stop us­ing An­droid devices for is­su­ing e- chal­lans on the spot

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: The traf­fic po­lice started on the spot e-chal­lan in Navi Mum­bai as pi­lot pro­ject for the first time in Maharashtra in Jan­uary last year. But, it turned out to be big flop.

The city traf­fic depart­ment has not been us­ing the an­droid devices to is­sue such chal­lans for the past three to four month be­cause of ex­penses in­curred by the sys­tem.

The state IT depart­ment had pro­vided them 16 An­droid devices for this pro­ject. Traf­fic of­fi­cials equipped with such devices and print­ers would ob­serve the mo­torists on the roads and is­sue the chal­lan if they spot­ted any­one vi­o­lat­ing the norms.

The driver’s li­cence num­ber and reg­is­tra­tion num­ber of his ve­hi­cle would ap­pear in the printed chal­lan. There are 15 traf­fic units in Navi Mum­bai and each unit was given one such de­vice for pe­nal­is­ing the er­rant mo­torists.

Arvind Salve, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( traf­fic) said, “The An­droid de­vice has one SIM card in it and its bill come ev­ery month- end. As it was a pi­lot pro­ject, the state used to pay those bills. How­ever, for some rea­sons they have not been pay­ing the bills and so we are now not us­ing those devices.”

When asked if there was any plan of restart­ing the sys­tem, he said, “As of now the Mum­bai traf­fic cops are us­ing the dif­fer­ent sys­tem for is­su­ing e-chal­lans. So we too may try some­thing like that, but noth­ing has been de­cided so far.”

The traf­fic cops are con­tin­u­ing to is­sues e-chal­lans with the help of CCTV cam­eras. “We are is­su­ing around 15 such e-chal­lans ev­ery day,” an of­fi­cer from po­lice con­trol room said.

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