GPS enabled services to help Chandigarh become a hi-tech city

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Chandigarh, Oct 5(ANI): Chandigarh is undergoing a transformation with the up gradation of services and with the introduction of GPS navigation system in its police and local transport services, it is rapidly on the way to become a hi-tech city.

The hi-tech Police Control Room (PCR) is now equipped with Automatic Vehicle Tracking System, Computer Telephony Integration and Automatic Call Diversion System that will allow the city police to function better.

Though the ambitious project is being carried out at cost of 250,000 dollars, it will help the Chandigarh police work more effectively, as the system will bring down the response time of PCR vans in reaching crime spots.

"The PCR is the operation center where all type of information comes and we take action. It is the nerve center of any police. If there is a delay in taking the information or disseminating the information, many times serious problem takes place," said S. K. Jain, Inspector General of Police of Chandigarh.

"So, GPS-based PCR now we take care of this. Every call to PCR will be recorded when the PCR van it is directed the time will be recorded when it reaches spot it will be recorded. And, then action taken will be recorded," Jain added.

In a move to manage traffic congestion, bring traffic violators to book and appropriately investigate accidental cases Close Circuit Television (CCTV) security cameras have been installed at 20 prominent junctions, which are directly linked with well-equipped traffic control rooms.

The Chandigarh Police will also spend 100,000 dollars to install CCTV cameras at multiplexes, shopping complexes and hotels, as visuals are always helpful in recognizing the culprits behind any untoward incident.

"In my opinion it will be a good surveillance tool and it will support the police as well as good civic sense will prevail. People will obey the traffic rules and cleanliness will be observed. So, I think it will be a great booster for security as well as general purposes," a local said.

Meanwhile, with an aim to provide quick and hassle free auto services, the GPS navigation system has also been introduced on Dial-an-auto service,

'Tuk-Tuk', as they are known, are connected to a call center and the aim is to provide a quick, reliable and safe journey to people.

"The Home Secretary has given us permission that we can add as many numbers of autos, but at present we have brought 10 autos and we are just establishing them. Hopefully in very near future we'll add more autos and we expect within closing of year we go upto 200. That again depends on the availability of gas and other features," said V. S. Dhillon, Managing Director of Tuk Tuk service.

Chandigarh is promoting itself as a major tourist destination and such services will help it attract more tourists. By Sunil Sharma (ANI)

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