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E-way: 60 days, 150 violators, no action taken! cops cry staff crunch

Saturday, 19 April 2014 - 9:18am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Fulora Foundation provide CCTV grabs of offenders to highway police; cops cry staff crunch

Pune: In the past 60 days, 150 expressway users were allegedly found violating traffic norms. But the highway police have not taken any action.
In order to keep a tab on vehicles flouting traffic norms on Pune-Mumbai expressway, Mumbai-based NGO Fulora foundation had installed six closed-circuit television (CCTV) on Pune-Mumbai expressway last year.
Following which the NGO had developed an application that gives real time information about the vehicles violating traffic norms on E-way. The NGO sent 150 samples wherein vehicles were found not observing lane discipline. But the NGO claims that the highway traffic police did not bother to take any action and has thus failed to make use of the technology.
Tanmay Pendse (29), director of Fulora's project said, "Two months ago, we had linked a software with the six CCTVs. With the help of the software we were able to monitor the vehicle plying on the expressway."
Pendse added, "In the past 60 days, we sent over 150 CCTV grabs of vehicles flouting traffic norms to the highway police."
Two weeks ago, highway superintendent had visited the expressway and urged the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation Limited (MSRDC) to take immediate action on the safety proposal which was sent by them.
Superintendent of police (highway traffic) Rashmi Karandikar said, "It is not so easy to trace down the vehicle as we have to get in touch with the concerned regional transport office (RTO) to get the details. Even if we send a notice to the owner of the vehicle we do not get any response."
Karndikar added, "Due to inadequate staff we are unable to conduct drive consistently. However, we are planning to take help of the technology which will help us to give maximum result with limited resource."


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