Hyderabad traffic police targets 300 Cr revenue through one-time discount

Fifteen days after the initiative has begun, as many as 1.3 crore e-challans have been cleared across the state said Joint Commissioner of Traffic A V Ranganath.

By Amrutha Kosuru  Published on  16 March 2022 2:15 PM GMT
Hyderabad traffic police targets 300 Cr revenue through one-time discount

Hyderabad Traffic Police are expecting to collect Rs 300 crore after a 'one-time' discount on unpaid challans. Fifteen days after the initiative has begun, as many as 1.3 crore e-challans have been cleared across the state, Joint Commissioner of Traffic A V Ranganath said. "More than 80% challans in the tri-commissionarate area have been cleared," he said.

Ranganath informed that Rs 130 crores (discounted amount) has been cleared from the pending challans across the state. The actual value of the cleared challans throughout the state stands at Rs 500 crores. We intensify the drives from henceforth. We will scan vehicle numbers and stop them if they have a lot of challans and ensure that they pay their dues," he said.

He said that the percentage of people who have cleared challans from outside Hyderabad has been less. "I request the public to make use of this initiative and avail the discount," he said.

On March 1, a whopping Rs. 5.5 crore was collected from traffic challans in Hyderabad tri-commissionerate area as part of the city police's 'one-time' discount initiative.

Ranganath said approximately 1,000 challans per minute were cleared on the first day. He said 80% of the challans cleared on Tuesday pertained to the tri-commissionerate of Hyderabad city. "We are extremely happy with the response and did not expect this at all," he said.

About five lakh challans have been cleared on the first day itself. The actual value of these challans came to about Rs. 20 crore and the amount collected was bout Rs. 5.5 crore.

Hyderabad traffic police further increased the bandwidth of the website to prevent it from crashing in case of huge traffic. "The bandwidth is 10 times more than usual," he said.

Hyderabad Traffic police have raised 80 lakh challans for the year ending December 2021. Of which 60 lakh violations were related to not wearing helmets and breaking speed limits. Only 40 % of violators have paid their challans. The 60 % pending fines have added to ever-increasing defaulters which have now increased to 1.75 crores. The unpaid fines have touched Rs 600 crore.

Earlier, Hyderabad Traffic Chief told Newsmeter that the department was working on providing some respite to people who have not paid challans so far. "The pandemic has pushed a lot of people into an economic crisis. As a humanitarian gesture and in an attempt to ease people's burdens, the Hyderabad Traffic police will provide some respite by reducing the pending challan amount by a certain percentage," the officer said.

Discount as per the category of vehicle

· Two-wheelers and autos: If 25% is paid, the remaining 75% pending challan will be waived off.

· Pushcarts and petty vendors (39b cases): If 20% is paid, 80% will be waived off.

· LMVs, cars, jeeps/heavy vehicles: If 50% is paid, the remaining 50% will be waived off.

· RTC drivers: If 30% is paid, 70% of the pending challan amount will be waived off.

· Two-wheelers and autos: If 25% is paid, the remaining 75% pending challan will be waived off.

· Pushcarts and petty vendors (39b cases): If 20% is paid, 80% will be waived off.

· LMVs, cars, jeeps/heavy vehicles: If 50% is paid, the remaining 50% will be waived off.

· RTC drivers: If 30% is paid, 70% of the pending challan amount will be waived off.

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