Kolkata to Roll Out E-Challans Across City from Jan 1


From January 1 onwards the Kolkata Traffic Police will roll out E-Challans across the city. As many as 21 of the total 25 traffic guards in the city will get five officers each to operate the e-challan machines. Officers have already been trained to perform e-challan procedures, sources said. Santosh Pandey, Joint CP (Traffic), leading the E-Challan initiative said, currently all police officers from his four traffic stations in South, Headquarters, Howrah Bridge and Jorabagan track motorists on the E-Challan platform. However, other officers at these stations will continue to operate under the old prosecution system until Alipore and Sealdah set up electronic courts.

Once the process begins, prosecutions will be made in three different ways. Vehicle interception by virtually seizing documents without intercepting the vehicle. “This will allow challans to go paperless and payment of traffic fines online. Court arbitrations will be online once the name of the court is determined. The range will also be launched,” said the Lal Bazar official. As of July 2021, the police had conducted test runs at five traffic stations in the city and had made some recommendations to the central software development agency in this regard. Several suggestions were taken into consideration while optimizing the system.

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