UP transport department to start app based feedback from residents on traffic violation

Saurabh Kumar

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Greater Noida (09/06/2019) : The Uttar Pradesh transport department is developing a mobile application on which residents will be able to send photos of traffic violations and be rewarded in exchange. The move aims to empower residents to ensure traffic rules are followed, as well as beat the manpower shortage in the traffic and transport departments.

The department recently held a meeting discussing the Uttar Pradesh Road Safety Fund Rules, 2014, and sanctioned 10.69 crore for various projects, including for the development of the mobile app, aiming to ensure road safety, and bring down the number of accidents.

The rules provides extensive guidelines to the district administration and police officials to take safety measures for commuters on national highways, expressways, and city roads. Local officials are required to analyse accident data and make efforts to control such cases. The rules also lay emphasis on undertaking awareness programmes for residents.

Between January and March 2019, Gautam Budh Nagar district recorded 481 accidents, in which 220 people died and 393 were injured, as per data from the Noida traffic police.

The letter, issued by Akhilesh Kumar Mishra, special secretary (transport), stated that the government has sanctioned 10.69 crore for various projects — including 1.87 crore for a publicity van, 1 crore for awareness seminars/workshops, 1.22 crore for the development of software infrastructure in districts for video conferencing.

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