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Violators beware, you can’t escape camera eye now

E-challaning to focus on red light, zebra crossing violations

How the system works

  • Once a camera captures a violation, it will generate a challan to be sent to the address mentioned on the registration number details of the vehicle, via speed post. If the vehicle has been purchased by the driver but has not been transferred in his her name, then the challan will reach the real owner of the vehicle but onus will be on the present owner only. Apart from challan amount, a violator will also bear the cost of speed post. On an average, the traffic police may issue 500 such challans daily.
Violators beware, you can’t escape camera eye now
Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal shows the first e-challan for jumping red light after inaugurating the e-challaning system in Ludhiana on Friday. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Nikhil Bhardwaj

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 15

From now onwards, if you jump red light or park on or beyond zebra crossing, you will be challaned and slips will reach your home via speed post.

Police Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal, along with DCP-Traffic Sukhpal Singh Brar, DCP Ashwani Kapoor, DCP-HQ Akhil Chaudhary, ADCP-HQ Deepak Pareek, ACP-Traffic Gurdev Singh today inaugurated the e-challaning system at the Police Lines.

“This was the much awaited automatic e-challaning system launched today. It is the first system launched in Ludhiana and no other city in Punjab has this challaning system. It will act as a strong deterrent to traffic violations and will bring respite to the law-abiding commuters of the city by improving the traffic flow. In the first phase, we will cover the violations of red light and zebra crossing, and in the second phase, other violations will also be added to the system,” said the CP.

He said the Ludhiana Safe City Project had a wide network of more than 800 operational cameras and the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Reader) CCTV cameras of the project had been configured at six locations to automatically detect certain traffic violations.

Automatic number plate readers at six locations

Initially, six locations of Dholewal Chowk, Durga Mata Mandir Chowk, Chhatri Chowk Mall Road, Old Session Chowk, Hero Bakery Chowk and Mini Secretariat turn will be covered, and two types of violations, red light jumping and standing on/beyond zebra crossing, will be covered in the first phase. The system will automatically gather vehicle information, owner details, address, etc, and generate a challan document. This document will be sent through speed post to the address of the violator.

How to pay challan

The violator can pay the challan online using Payment Gateway within 30 days of the issue of challan and payment can be made through a credit card, debit card and net banking (using e-challan payment link on the website The challan can also be paid at the nearest Punjab Police Saanjh Kendra. In case the compounding fee is not paid in time, the challan will be sent to the court concerned and warrant issued against the violator.


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