Pune: Following in the footsteps of Banglaore traffic branch, the city traffic police department on Wednesday launched an android mobile phone based application aimed at easier dissemination of traffic related information for Pune. Pune Police Commissioner Satish Mathur officially declared that the facility will be available to the citizens if they download the special code for the app.
The new application platform can help a citizen take picture of traffic violators, get alerts on traffic jams, complain against errant autorickshaws and even get instant updates on traffic jams during emergencies.The app also provides the user an opportunity to suggest an idea, give feedback and even register a complaint. The app is connected to a GPS enabled server that can provide the co-ordinates of a stolen two or four wheeler and even guide a commuter for navigation.
Christened as Traffic and Road Safety Solution, it took three months for the traffic department along with the two private sector companies- Harcastle GIS Solutions Pvt Ltd and Turn Here to develop the application to its complete fluency.
Mathur in his address pointed out the need to maintain traffic culture and said that citizens should use the app to increase their awareness about traffic rules and situation in Pune. Parents seems to be least concerned about safety measures after they buy bikes for their kids and their attitude needs to change.
Mathur further said that the citizens had become habitual offenders of traffic rules and that they should be awarded with Padmabhushan for breaking the law for a number of times. He further advised that the people should be ashamed of traffic violations and must learn to respect traffic rules.
Deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare, maintained that the objective behind the launch was to provide correct information and better service to citizens where they can check everything related to traffic.
"We will work continuously and update the software at appropriate times so that people can get better traffic information at their fingertips. Besides, the app can be used by people from the state and even outstation persons can get information on the prevailing traffic scenario in the city during their visits," he added.
Pune city traffic police had started their SMS service, at a nominal charge to alert residents about traffic jams, diversions and disruptions on the city's roads. The police had tied up with a Delhi-based company, Gupshup, to provide the service. However, the service has stopped for unknown reasons and there has been no follow up since 2011.Interestingly, Pune was the first city in the country which had introduced advance technology of the Traffic-i-cop software. The project was launched in December 2009 on an experimental basis by the city traffic branch. Through the initiative, the traffic police personnel were able to cull out the history of a vehicle with the help of a Blackberry cellphone device. The software won an award for the best innovative project through technology application instituted by the Ministry of Urban Development in December 2011. However, the project was shelved as the state government didn't have adequate funds to pay for the service.