Orange City’s record of paying up traffic challans even under the old regime are not encouraging as traffic violators of Nagpur owes the City Traffic Department fines of over Rs 3.51 crore. Though the Parliament has passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill and notified on the hike in fines for traffic violations beginning September 1. The fine is just between the period of February 8 and September 11, this year. Traffic Department has already raised exchequer for the state by recovering Rs 4,72,08,351 from 1,74,189 challans. Fine worth Rs 3,51,38,350 is in debt on commuters in terms of pending 74,284 challans. Such figures have clearly put the smart citizens of the smart city in contrast.
The statistics fetched from City Traffic Department revealed that the department had issued total 2,48,473 challans worth Rs 8,23,46,701 across the 10 zones viz, Ajni, Cotton Market, Indora, Kamptee, Lakadganj, MIDC, Sadar, Sakkardara, Sitabuldi, and Sonegoan. Compared to last year, the Traffic Department has issued total 2,25,466 challans (worth Rs 5,98,56,000) i.e. comparatively 62,385 challans (worth Rs 1,02,36,700) more, than that for the exact same period, between January 1 and September 10, 2019.
Between January 1 and September 10, 2018, the department had issued total 1,63,081 challans (worth Rs 4,96,19300). Traffic Department has urged citizens to install ‘MahaTrafficapp’ to avoid any uncertainty and to derive information about challans. Traffic Department has started calling traffic violators and directed zonal traffic officers to collected fine by paying the violators’ home a visit.