- Around 1.5 lakh notices have been issued to commuters as they violated speed norms on NH-9 near Akshardham temple and traffic police decided that they will not collect fines on that.
- The decision was taken while TOI pointed out, ANPR cameras, the speed detector installed at the post were wrongly calibrating for a speed limit of 60kmph.
NEW DELHI: Though the vehicles were within the speed limit of 70kmph on the stretch, around 1.5 lakh notices have been issued to commuters as they violated speed norms on NH-9 near Akshardham temple and traffic police decided that they will not collect fines on that.
The decision was taken while TOI pointed out, ANPR cameras, the speed detector installed at the post were wrongly calibrating for a speed limit of 60kmph. According to the police, after the issue was raised by this newspaper, the cameras have been recalibrated.
Commuters were told by the officers to pay the fine if they were going at speeds up to 70kmph. However, the cops are planning to reimburse those who have paid the fine.
TOI report says senior traffic police officers and the court had been approached for redress by the people who were wrongly fined at the stretch. Near Nizamuddin Bridge where the camera was installed, ironically, it was signage stating the speed limit of 70kmph, below.
According to the sources, NHAI had been approached by the traffic police for changing the board and setting the speed limit at 60kmph, though the request was not taken seriously as the speed limit elsewhere on the same stretch is 70kmph.
The waiver of the fine will only be applied to drivers who have been issued challans, in September, said police. Interceptor teams have been deployed by the cops for tracking down the speedsters on the stretch right after the confusion over the notices came to fore.
According to the police officers, unlike the interceptor devices, the ANPR cameras have wireless connectivity to a server that helps the cops for monitoring the functioning of each device and the calibration is set from this unit as well. The cameras also have infrared and night-vision lenses for providing a clear picture even in pitch-dark situations. That is why violators are generally high in number.
While all the cameras will be linked to one control room, finally the system would connect to Delhi Police’s Smart City Project which is going through the final process.
Information sharing technologies would be focused by the system, so the footage from cameras and data from different agencies would be collated using software and placed in a database, said a police officer.