The Gurugram traffic police have started issuing e-challans and seizing vehicles for repeated violations in roadside parking causing traffic congestions. These steps have been started on a pilot basis at HUDA City Centre (HCC) last week.
The traffic police said that depending on the success of the project, these steps will also be taken in other areas such as Mehrauli-Gurgaon (MG) road and Golf Course road.
The traffic situation was very bad at the HUDA City Centre. The traffic police had placed jersey barriers at the intersection but it only helped a particular stretch. The problem remained the same on the other side of the road.
The traffic police said that the root of the problem was stagnant commercial vehicles including cabs and auto rickshaws at that stretch.
The new measures also include a dedicated prepaid booth and demarcation of service lane at the place. The police have also warned the cab aggregators to stay away from affecting traffic at the stretch else they will impound the vehicles.
“We have had a meeting with representatives of cab aggregators last week and have cautioned them to ensure their vehicles are not stationed at HCC or else their vehicles will be impounded,” Hitesh Yadav, ACP traffic said.
“We are presently focusing on autos and cabs wrongly parked on the roadside. The measures will be replicated on other stretches and cover private vehicles also. It is a multistep process and postal challans are vital here,” said Yadav.
The traffic police officials are now taking pictures of the vehicles lying idle at the roadside and sending it to the Whatsapp number of the traffic police for the issuance of e-challan. The police will also keep the record of e-challan issued in a week.
Bijendra Singh, the zonal officer (traffic) said, “The amount levied via postal challan is about Rs 1,000. The high prices would prevent future violations. There is also less chance of the violator getting away by offering a bribe through this system.”