The e-challan system was inaugurated by J Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister. The city has also set up traffic signals which are portable and provided with solar energy at main junctions.
"The e-challan in the main computer can be handled from many locations. And once you identify the violations on the road, it can be activated and there is a Global Positioning Remote System (GPRS) connectivity to the main server which has got a detailed database on the vehicles as well as the offenders," said JK Tripathy, City Commissioner, Chennai adding that the introduction of e-challan would ease the traffic woes in the city.
Talking on the installation of solar powered traffic signals, the commissioner said, "All the traffic junctions are not covered by the traffic signals right now. So wherever we required a traffic signal, the portable signals will be useful. Apart from that, whenever there are large congregations, festivals, cricket matches, or in case of power failure failure at any signal, these will be useful because they are solar powered."
Writing in the visitor's book at the Anna Salai police station, Jayalalithaa wrote: "This technology driven initiative of the Chennai city police will go a long way towards better enforcement of traffic rules. The utility of these systems depends on the persons who handle them. The police, as law enforcement agents, should always strive to fulfill the aspirations of the people by serving them effectively."
The steps taken by Jayalalithaa will not only improve the traffic situation in the state but has also got her public appreciation.