Chandigarh Goes Green On Challan
While the whole world is currently stuck in the middle of a pandemic, we should not rest our laurels and go about as if there aren’t any other problems once the COVID-19 crisis dies down. There is another bigger villain that has been slowly gaining in strength over the past decades. Climate change is real and it is high time that people realize and do something about it. Well, the good people overseeing the Chandigarh Police Department have heeded this call and decided to do away with the conventional paper challans that we have been used to seeing.
When shifting to a completely digital format, concerns may arise over the practicality and sustainability of such a change. In this case, however, such concerns aren’t an issue as they have already been in use for about two years now. While it wasn’t completely digital like now, they were gradually moving towards a totally paperless system.
Omvir Singh Bishnoi, the deputy inspector general of police has directed police and station house officers to stop issuing manual traffic violation challans and hand over all challan books at the traffic lines.
Out of the 215 E-Challan machines that are present, 120 machines are with the traffic cops, 40 are with the police control room unit, and 27 are with police station personnel, who too have the authority to issue traffic challans. 19 are part of the buffer stock. If you’ve actually kept count and you can do basic math, you might notice that 9 machines are unaccounted for. The reasoning is actually quite simple and might seem quite anti-climatic. The 9 remaining machines are out for repairs.
If anyone has experienced the digital alternatives for our conventionally used methods, the first thing you notice is how quick it is. The introduction of E-Challan machines means that the moment that you’re pulled up and scanned, you’ll be immediately fined. But that’s not all, if you have any pending fines to pay, that will also show up on these machines. This means that you won’t be able to play the sympathy card of ‘your first offense’. The good thing about such an instantaneous process is that there won’t be any long queues of people waiting to get their dues cleared.
Senior superintendent of traffic police Manisha Choudhary has stated that the machines had already been adopted in place of manual challans from July of 2020. The former order that has now been passed will help in ensuring ‘uniformity across the various verticals’, reducing communication gaps. Since it’s all digital now, there is also a lesser chance of shady dealing and bribes coming into play, thus making it more reliable as well.
Looking at it from the point of view of the authorities, the introduction of E-Challan machines seems like a simple step that is probably aimed at easing the workload on officers and helping the process become more transparent. On the other hand, it also serves as a stepping stone for initiatives that can have a positive impact on the environment.