Karachi Police Chief Iqbal Dara has launched a Traffic Monitoring Unit (TSU), which will work around the clock to help improve the city’s traffic management system and also detect those involved in abusive practices.
Speaking to The News on Friday, DIG Dara said the TSU is a modern computerized system and is already working in many developing countries. The system can check for traffic problems, including obstacles that slow down traffic. With the help of this unit, traffic officers can now immediately respond to the problems that commuters face on the arteries of Karachi.
DIG Dara reported that the monitoring system was linked to Google Maps, whereby they could easily check black spots for traffic obstacles, and the issues could be corrected immediately by notifying the affected traffic kiosk.
He said they linked the TSU to cameras at the central police office, civic center and special security unit, as well as 1,608 active cameras installed for surveillance of the city’s main thoroughfares.
He noted that 38 locations were captured by the 190 cameras of the CPO, 243 locations were under the surveillance of the civic center camera unit with its 869 cameras and 146 locations were under the surveillance of the SSU camera unit with 549 cameras. .
Sharing an example of how the surveillance unit would help, DIG Dara said that a few days ago shortly after the unit started up, they were watching the roads when they witnessed a huge mess. on MA Jinnah Road near the old Mithadar Traffic Kiosk State Bank building. Responding immediately to the situation, officials on the ground were ordered to reach the place, and he and his staff rushed there as well.
He said he found encroachments on the road by vendors who created obstacles to the flow of traffic. At that, he called the encroachment staff and had the vendors removed from the place. This action cleared the artery of traffic and vehicles began to move smoothly, he said.
DIG Dara said the monitoring unit would also help its already established TVES unit send challans online, and violators could verify their traffic violation challans with evidence. They can also go to the DIG Traffic office for more satisfaction by video link available in the DIG office.
Through this system, no officer will arrest an offender, and the automatic camera system and the violation fine ticket would be delivered directly to the offender’s residence with evidence. TVES challans are issued both to members of the public and to officials and employees involved in a traffic violation.
He added that through this system, they observed several vehicles driving with false license plates and duplicate license plates, and informed the officials concerned of the necessary ministerial action against them.
So many such cases have already been sent to CCLA, CPLC and excise authorities. Additionally, drivers fear being watched by strangers, and this helps CPLC, excise and other departments update their data. The traffic police chief said they have also launched a massive campaign against violators and are looking into public complaints against traffic sergeants. As part of the campaign, action was also taken against beggars and invaders.
He added that they had received 33 complaints against traffic sergeants. The complaints included six from the public, and 23 sergeants were held accountable on an intelligence and vigilance report, and five were caught red-handed. In addition, they cleared 1,584 areas or spots of beggars, dispersed 2,104 and handed over 153 to the police and 66 others to NGOs.
DIG Dara said they also took strict encroachment measures, cleared 1,160 areas, removed encroachments from 7,776 locations and filed 631 FIRs. They had also arrested 8,573 invaders with the help of local police, he shared.
In addition, the Karachi Traffic Police have taken action against those who break the one-way rules and from January 1 to date have sentenced 767,466 vehicles, 20,634 other vehicles for using license plates. fancy registration, 410,680 people for not using hard hats, 11,851 vehicles with tinted lenses, 21,218 vehicles for illegal or double parking, and 375 motorcyclists for driving two-wheelers on one wheel.
He added that to date, they had sentenced 1,960,540 vehicles for a total of Rs 462,159,900, of which they had received Rs 452,414,550.
On one issue, DIG Dara said they are also trying to develop information on drivers of heavy vehicles, and recently it had warned public transport owners to provide the traffic department with full bio data of their drivers. The main causes of traffic accidents were violations of traffic rules, and on some roads there were technical and engineering faults, as a result of which accidents occurred, and they were planning a meeting to resolve the problem, he added.
The other factor in accidents was the way people tried to cross major arteries on foot instead of using pedestrian bridges. In addition, lane jumps, signal violations, refusal to stop at stop lines and motorcyclists not wearing helmets are other causes of traffic accidents, he said. .