Starting August, if you violate traffic rules while on the Eastern Freeway, be prepared to get a challan, couriered to your home.
In the first such surveillance project for moving traffic in the city, the traffic police plan to install Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras strategically at six points on the Freeway to capture the traffic offenders. These high-end cameras, each costing Rs 6 lakh, will be able to photograph the number plate of the vehicles that flout traffic rules.
The traffic police have also collaborated with Regional Transport Office to access records of registered vehicles, which will help it deliver challans to the offender’s home.
According to Quaiser Khalid, additional commissioner of police (traffic), the six cameras will be installed in the middle of the six lanes on the Freeway.
“The contract has been given out by the BMC and we would install the cameras within 20 days,” he said.
Khalid said the Freeway’s middle stretch, where most of the accidents take place when drivers tend to overspeed, was a difficult stretch for the police to patrol. He said the six cameras would be installed on the middle part of the Freeway before the Panjarpol junction. “The speed limit of the Freeway is 60 kms per hour and if the driver crosses this limit, the camera will capture the image of the number plate of the vehicle and photo of the driver,” Khalid said.
The control room for the cameras will be at the traffic police headquarters where the photos will be downloaded. Khalid said violations by two-wheelers on the Freeway, instances of over-speeding, rash and negligent driving would be fed into the system so that the camera recognizes these and clicks the photos of these offenders.
“The offender will be required to pay the fine amount mentioned in the challan at his nearest traffic chowkie within six months,” said Khalid. “Once the project is successful, the traffic police will extend it to the entire city. This will reduce the use of manpower of traffic police,” he added.
“Two-wheelers enter the Freeway even though they are not allowed. The traffic police have been deployed at both ends of the Freeway, but they are often not able to stop violations at odd hours. These cameras will help us identify these violators,” said B K Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Last year, this system was introduced by the Goa traffic police, which installed four ANPR cameras at four locations of Divaja Circle/city bus stand, Church Square, Miramar Circle and Dona Paula circle.