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Over 200 register for SMS traffic alerts

Hours after Chandigarh police launched the SMS alert service on Wednesday to help motorists get updates about the traffic situation on their mobiles,residents faced difficulty in registering the service.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh |
September 8, 2011 2:05:59 am

Some miss out as DND needs to be turned off for activation

Hours after Chandigarh police launched the SMS alert service on Wednesday to help motorists get updates about the traffic situation on their mobiles,residents faced difficulty in registering the service.

“I sent the SMS to register for the service twice,but I did not receive any registration message,” said Sanjay Gupta,a city resident. “I had read about the service in the newspapers in the morning,and I am wondering how to activate the service?”

Like Sanjay,dozens of people complained about the problems being faced by them in activating the SMS alert service.

“You are in TRAI NDNC (National Do Not Call Registry) list. To use SMS GupShup turn off NDNC by talking to your carrier (mobile service provider) and try again,” the message read when a student Simran,sent a request for activating the traffic alert service.

SMS GupShup,the Mumbai-based mobile group messaging company that has designed the SMS alert service for the Chandigarh traffic police said that the mobile users who had activated the ‘Do Not Disturb’ (DND) option will not receive the alerts.

“The mobile subscribers will have to deactivate the DND and later they will start getting the SMS alerts,” said vice-president marketing of SMS GupShup,Ravi Sundararajan.

Earlier the day the the Inspector General of Police,Pradeep Kumar Srivistava,launched the SMS alert service to help motorists in the city get updates about the traffic situation on their mobiles. The service,he said,is aimed at helping the motorists to help to plan their routes so as to avoid traffic jams.

“Through this service we will be alerting citizens about better traffic management. People can also SMS us on any issue and after verification this vital information will be shared through SMS with the citizens,” IGP Srivistava said. “Like the Facebook page,the SMS service will help us stay in touch with the people.”

Deputy Inspector General of police Chandigarh,Alok Kumar said that the SMS service will be also used to spread traffic awareness. “The other wings of police can also use the services later for better security,” he said.

DIG said that the SMS alert will inform the citizens about disruptions and route diversions due to accidents,traffic congestion,water logging,repair work,VVIP movement,road blocks and political rallies.

Chandigarh has become the eleventh city in the country to start the SMS traffic alert service. The similar service is presently operational in Mumbai,Delhi,Chennai,Gurgaon,Bangalore,Hyderabad,Kolkata,Pune,Bhopal and Nagpur.

By the evening,240 subscribers had registered for the SMS alert service.

How do you subscribe?

* Those interested in subscribing to the service should register by sending an SMS – JOIN CHTP – to 09219592195.

* And if any one wants to deactivate the service,they have to send an SMS – LEAVE CHTP – to the same number.

* The SMS sent for registering would be charged six paise and all the alerts would be provided free of cost.

* Once you are registered you will get a welcome message from the Chandigarh police.

* And those mobile phone users who do not get the welcome message,they will have to deactivate the ‘Do Not Disturb’ (DND) option.

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