Traffic Police generates Rs 2.5 cr revenue in Jammu

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Jammu, Sep 30 (UNI) The traffic police has so far generated Rs 2.5 crore as the penalty amount, collected by issuing challans to the people for committing different offences while driving in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir.

''We had generated a revenue of Rs 2.5 crore so far by challaning the offenders this year as compared to the previous year, the revenue collected in nine months was Rs 2,68,76,197,'' said Dilbagh Singh, Inspector General of Police (Traffic) Jammu while interacting with the mediapersons here this afternoon.

Mr Singh revealed that around 1,47,880 offenders were challaned on the spot till date in 2008 as against the 14,589 challans in the year 2007.

However, the IGP traffic asserted that the number of vehicles have increased 14 times since 1980, against the infrastructural development, which is not adequate for the rising the vehicular movement in Jammu and Kashmir.

''Though the number of vehicles are increasing with a pace in the state, the traffic department is falling short of manpower as the number of cops in traffic department since 1982 is only 843 till date. So it becomes hard to handle over 6 lakhs vehicles across the state by this much number of police force in traffic department,'' Mr Singh claimed.

Meanwhile, the IGP said the state government has announced the expansion of the traffic department by recruiting 1433 policemen in three phases, which would help in dealing the present situation in the state.

Moreover Mr Singh also added that a proposal would be forwarded to the state government for setting up a traffic management committee headed by either Divisional Commissioner or Inspector General of Police to assess the overall traffic scenario in the cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

''A lack of coordination between various civic bodies, is one of the major problems not helping in streamlining the traffic system in the state,'' alleged Mr Singh.

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