30 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Vowing to effectively use technology in improving the traffic situation in the twin cities of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack, Commissioner of Police Dr Sudhanshu Sarangi said that they have taken several steps in the past and will keep revamping in future.
“We will be taking technology’s help in nabbing traffic violators. In trail run, we have installed one such system at Rupali Square of Bhubaneswar which will detect the number plate of a traffic violator and send the e-challan to his/her phone number. This will soon be implemented across the twin cities,” said Commissioner.
He added that in India it is never easy for a police officer. He said, “While it is easy to point fingers at the police, I urge my fellow officers to work under conditions so that there is not even a single iota of doubt. We will make sure that traffic officials have body cams on them at all working hours and if a traffic checking is underway then it occurs under the presence of a CCTV camera. We have moved on to e-challans and no manual challans are issued. We will give an opportunity to the defaulter to pay-up or they can follow up their case at RTO.”
Present with him at the event was Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sagarika Nath and other senior traffic officials.
The amended Motor Vehicle Act (2019) came into effect from September 1, 2019, and it meant that traffic violations would make a huge dent in one’s pocket. The Odisha Government had given a three-month relaxation period (ending on November 30) during which people could avail for requisite documents. However, before the period could end there was a huge public demand to further extend the relaxation period.
On November 28, the State government further extended the relaxation period by another three months to the public to ensure compliance with various provisions of the amended the Motor Vehicles Act. Commerce & Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera has however stressed that there will be strict enforcement against dangerous life-threatening actions.