peed Cams, Automatic Challans To Deter Violators
The traffic police is all set to install 96 cameras to detect violation at traffic signals. It will also acquire speed cameras to be put up at 100 locations across the city to check violations of speed limits. These are part of the intelligent traffic management system that Delhi Police hopes to kick off in June.
Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik has asked the traffic police to complete the procurement process by March 31 and have 40% of the cameras in the test phase by then. The rest would be completed within this year. The A section of Ring Road between Dhaula Kuan and Sarai Kale Khan has already been covered under a pilot project in collaboration with Maruti Udyog Ltd.
“The consultant, who is to be appointed, will go through the ITMS plan and prepare the map for us on the cameras,” said Alok Kumar, joint commissioner, Traffic. “While we hope to begin the first phase of ITMS by mid-year, there will be a few phases that will later be integrated into one C4I system and a single control room.”
Apart from these, the traffic police is also in the process of procuring a new echallan system that will function on a turnkey basis. The system will facilitate payment of fines through an egateway, issue notices through text message to traffic violators and maintain a record of past violations. The cops have already integrated Google Maps into the congestion management system, which too will eventually be a part of ITMS.
While studying driving behaviour in a trial phase of ITMS on Ring Road, the traffic ops have discovered that most of the 7-8 lakh vehicles using the stretch through the day violate lane discipline or parking in no-parking areas. During further trials, therefore, the cops will monitor the changes in the movement of traffic during the peak hours. Officers expect the number of challans for red-light violation and speeding to go up by almost 100% after ITMS is made fully operational.
In the first phase of the project, gantry-mounted cameras will be installed for detection of speed limit and red light violations. Number plate detecting cameras will also be put up. All these will be connected to a common control room based in Police Headquarters through secure fibre-optic cables. Sources said all the cameras would be equipped with non-intrusive sensors capable of capturing the movement of multiple vehicles simultaneously and creating an hourly log.
A vehicle violating the speed limit or jumping a red light will be identified and a challan automatically generated from an automatic booking machine, which will also comprise a video grab of the said violation. The challan will be sent to the address registered by the car user with the transport authority.
Police sources disclosed that if the first phase of the system was considered successful, a second phase would be initiated to install sensors to detect both lane violations and driving in the wrong direction on a carriageway. The traffic police is also procuring 55 portable speed guns to be deployed across the city.