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Chandigarh Traffic Police’s ‘Divya Drishti’ Cameras Live Up To Their Names And Keep A Check On Traffic Violations

These cameras will enable the traffic police officials to monitor the activities of on-field officers round the clock during traffic enforcement drives at checkpoints

Written By: Karanvir Singh | Edited By: Sonia Bhaskar | April 27, 2018 3:29 PM | Features

Chandigarh Traffic Police’s ‘Divya Drishti’ Cameras Live Up To Their Names And Keep A Check On Traffic Violations
Highlights
  • Each of this internet-enabled night vision camera cost Rs. 1.36 lakh
  • Chandigarh Traffic Police has procured 11 such cameras
  • Cameras will webcast live proceedings at checkpoints to Police Headquarters

New Delhi: To ensure road safety, enforcement of traffic rules, record traffic violations and keep an eye on the interactions between traffic policemen and motorists, the Chandigarh Traffic Police has now launched ‘Divya Drishti’ (Divine Vision) camera system. As part of this system, the Department has procured 11 cameras for Rs 15 lakh to bring transparency, better professional conduct and curb corruption at traffic checkpoints. These high-resolution, internet-enabled night vision cameras will record all the proceedings at traffic checkpoints and will relay live webcast to the Police Control Room and on mobile phones of senior police officials. The system was launched on April 24 by the Governor of Punjab and Union Territory Administrator VP Singh Badnore at an event organised at a Government College in Chandigarh to observe Road Safety Week.

Talking about the positives of these ‘Divya Drishti’ cameras, Shashank Anand, Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic), Chandigarh said, “These cameras would enable the senior traffic police officials to monitor the activities of on-field officers round the clock during the traffic enforcement drives at checkpoints. Each traffic checkpoint in the Union Territory will have four of these cameras, which will offer 360 degree video so that all interactions between motorists and traffic cops could be covered. We are committed towards zero tolerance for corruption and malpractices. ‘Divya Drishti’ will make all the officers more conscious in their dealings and will adhere to the traffic regulations.”

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“We have procured 11 cameras at a cost of Rs 15 lakh. These cameras can also be used at the time of failure of the law and order situation to ensure better policing,” the Senior Superintendent of Police further added.

Explaining the installation position of the cameras, Ashok Tuli, an official with the Chandigarh Traffic Police said that two cameras will cover the barricades at the back and two at the front, and the cameras would have a feature for automatically noting down the registration number of vehicles. “The cameras can capture visuals of moving traffic of up to 200 meters, Mr Tuli added.

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According to the Chandigarh Traffic Police, the department decided to procure the ‘Divya Drishti’ system as they had been receiving complaints of either motorists misbehaving with the traffic officers or vice-versa. Through this camera system, now both motorists and the Chandigarh traffic police officials at a traffic checkpoint, will be under scanner.

In an effort to convert Chandigarh into a model city, where there would be no road accidents, the traffic police during the event also urged people to adopt road safety measures and support the city traffic police by clicking pictures of traffic violations done by motorists and sending it to the traffic police to undertake necessary action.

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