The Gurgaon police has no data regarding the number of vehicles it has and those having pollution certificates, an RTI filed by city-based activist Jagjit Walia has revealed.
The reply to the RTI also revealed that the police department has no clue whether police vehicles come under the Pollution Under Control (PUC) norms.
According to the RTI, a total of 87,834 people have been challaned in the last one year for various traffic offences. This number includes 819 challans for jumping zebra crossing, 52,596 challans for jumping traffic signal and 34,380 challans for driving in the wrong lane. But in the last one year, the city police has only challaned 39 people for driving with high beam.
“As per the RTI reply, only 39 challans has been issued to drivers for driving with high beam. But I believe 90 per cent of vehicles are driven with high-beam headlights in Gurgaon due to which it is very difficult to drive at night. This problem doubles as we have the expressway in the city,” Walia said.
Also, according to the RTI, the police department, in the last one year, has not written either to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon or HUDA to install speedbreakers anywhere in the city. Besides, the police have no information on the number of illegal speedbreakers in the city.
The RTI also revealed that a total of 154 complaints have been registered by the police against people for defacing public property.
Moreover, at a time when the police have been making plans to install CCTV cameras all over Gurgaon, the department has no information how many speed cameras the city has.
“The city police do not have speed cameras installed. However, three interceptors have been deployed on Sohna Road, Faridabad Road and the expressway. We have several plans in the pipeline and CCTV cameras on the expressway are one of them,” Rajesh Kumar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, said.
In the past, projects like ‘Third Eye’ where beat constables and head constables used to send photographs of traffic violators to the control room through mobile phone cameras and e-challaning have not been very successful.