PUNE: Director General of Police (DGP) Satish Mathur said on Saturday that if people follow traffic rules, they can reach their destination on time without getting caught in traffic jams. He was speaking during inauguration of Pune city police’s Central Traffic Management Centre (control room) at the Police Commissioner’s Office in Camp.
“Traffic is a major issue in cities like Mumbai, Pune and Thane. Instead of increasing figures of fine amounts collected from traffic violators, there should be self-discipline among people. They follow rules only when they are made to pay fines. Nowadays, all major roads and chowks are under CCTV surveillance. When people know that they are being watched, they will start following traffic rules,” Mathur added.
Pune Police Commissioner Rashmi Shukla, Joint Commissioner Ravindra Kadam and other senior officers were present besides Volkswagen India Private Limited Managing Director Dr Andreas Lauermann and Abhay Gadgil, district governor of Rotary Club.
The ultra modern traffic management centre has been constructed at a cost of Rs 50 lakh from the corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund. It has a giant screen on a wall with multiple monitoring systems for dozens of policemen. Live feed of 1,230 CCTV cameras located on different roads in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad are constantly monitored by the policemen.
It has a separate wireless unit and a phone room. The police personnel watching the live feeds will alert field officers to divert traffic to other roads to avert traffic jams or to provide timely help to accident victims. The footage will also be used to send e-challans to traffic rule violators. In the last three months, about 3 lakh e-challans have been issued and a fine of Rs 40 lakh has been collected.
EMERGENCY NUMBER 112 TO BE OPERATIONAL SOON
The Maharashtra police will soon start the Central government’s integrated emergency number of 112 to quickly reach out to people in distress. The number is already functional in four states. “We will buy about 3,000 more vehicles to meet the requirement of the emergency number. These vehicles will be directed to reach the spot after getting calls from people in distress”, DGP Mathur said.