4,700 close circuit cameras were installed across the city in October last year, the traffic police control room started receiving live feed of vehicular movement on the roads, highways and major junctions. This technology enabled the traffic police to start sending challans to offenders over SMS since January this year by collaborating with the Road Transport Authority (RTO), which maintains the mobile data bank of the motorists. As soon as the personnel monitoring the cameras at the traffic police control room scan the culprit vehicle’s registration number, it is sent to another set of monitors where the telephone number of the vehicle owner is traced from the RTO data bank. Within seconds the e-challan denoting the fine is generated and the text message is sent to the mobile phone of the motorist through SMS. Following the receipt of the challan, the motorist is expected to pay the fine at the chowkie as directed in the challan. Fines for only 50,000 out of the 8 lakh challans have been deposited so far.

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