The e-challan project, initiated by the Delhi police initially to control the violation of traffic rules in the nation, finally received the government’s sanction this Wednesday. The Rs. 14.25 crore project which missed several deadlines ever since 2009 is finally becoming a reality at the end of this year.
The traffic police has big plans for the project beginning right from New Year’s Eve in its drive against drunk driving. The new system will have a GPRS-GIS enabled device which can be hand-held. Penalty slips can be electronically generated through this device which is connected to the central server of the system.
These electronic challans will soon replace the old manual challan books come December 31. Initially, 1200 e-challan devices which are hired from Airtel will be rolled out and made functional.
The first batch of devices will be handed over to traffic head constables, sub-inspectors and assistant sub-inspectors, and the inspector. The devices can be accessed only by using a log-in ID as well as password.
The innovative device has a smart card reading feature which can read registration certificates and driving licenses. The benefit of being connected to a central server is manifold. Since all the information will be stored there each time the e-challan device is used, repeated traffic violations can be easily detected and punished accordingly. This is a good method to identify stolen vehicles too.
Another feature of the device is that it facilitates payment from the offenders through credit cards and debit cards on the spot. As of now, the amount realized from challans is an average of Rs. 45 crore per annum. This can increase to as much as Rs. 120 crore in a year with the inception of e-challans.