Traffic cops to go hi-tech by September

The city’s traffic department will have full internet connectivity in two months; efforts to go paperless through an electronic databank are also on

Following the successful launch of a traffic app by the Pune traffic police, the department is on its way to becoming even more tech-savvy, with initiatives lined up to make its 29 branches completely paperless.

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Constables will soon have machines that they can use to print out e-challans, and the vehicle number and type of offence will be uploaded to a central server

The project is the brainchild of the new assistant commissioner of police (traffic administration), Kavita Nerkar, who took charge on July 1. Following in the footsteps of Vishwas Pandhare, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), who launched the department’s popular traffic app, Nerkar wants to make the traffic police hi-tech, complete with an electronic databank and internet connectivity.

ACP Kavita Nerk
ACP Kavita Nerk

“After the massive response to the traffic app, which was launched earlier this month, I decided to make maximum use of technology so that we can adopt a paperless policy at work. In order to do so, we have started the process of getting internet connections in all 29 traffic branches across the Pune and PCMC area,” Nerkar told mid-day.

Apart from full internet connectivity, which Nerkar hopes to accomplish by the end of September, the department will also convert all data to its electronic form. “We have started compiling data from the past three years, and have started feeding it into the system. Besides this, we will have special software, which will help us keep a tab on repeat offenders. All traffic staffers will undergo training that will help them use the tools more effectively,” she said.

It’s not just the department branches that will witness the change. Traffic constables will soon be equipped with hand-held e-challan machines, into which they can punch in vehicle numbers to print out a challan. “The e-challan machines will be connected to a central server and all the data of traffic offenders will be updated automatically,” said Nerkar.

Pandhare, who began the department’s drive towards modernisation, said, “The time has come for us to train and brush up our skills, so that we are well-equipped to handle new technology and make maximum use of it. This will not only save time but also help us to keep track of the kind of offences that are on the rise. We can make comparative charts each month to track trends in different kinds of offences and work towards curbing them.”

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