Despite opposing the Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) publicly, BJP and MNS virtually endorsed the proposal by remaining neutral during voting of General Body (GB) meeting yesterday. Consequently, the project managed to acquire a go-ahead, as Shiv-Sena was the only party resisting the move.
During the discussion about ITS, opposition parties had slammed PMC administration about the process of collecting fines. They said that the private agency that would be appointed was in for a windfall, as it would get to keep 70 per cent of the money accumulated.
Despite the party’s stance during voting, Balasaheb Shedage, city president of MNS, raised various concerns about proposal. “The proposal has been presented before GB under section 208 of BPMC Act. But the Act does not give permission to the civic body to charge any kind of fine from traffic violators. It is the responsibility of traffic police, and PMC should not interfere in such matters. The corporation should concentrate on improving the infrastructure for better traffic regulation,” he said.
Shiv-Sena corporator Prithviraj Sutar said, “This proposal is in the interest of the private agency, as it will get crores of rupees. The existing cameras were installed two years ago, but not maintained properly. Back then the civic body spent Rs 17 crore without any planning. PMC administration should give an explanation about the previous proposal on ITS.”
Polestar-Waterfront Consortium has been appointed for maintaining this system. The agency will manage all the procedures of collecting fines. Councillors also said that the penalty of Rs 200 for two-wheelers and Rs 500 for four-wheelers was exorbitant.
Rs 500 The amount of penalty for four-wheelers under the Intelligent Traffic System