DGP inaugurates traffic control room in Kohima

DGP inaugurates traffic control room in Kohima
DGP Nagaland, T. John Longkumer with SP Kohima and officers of police department. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/1/2020 10:09:47 AM IST

DGP Nagaland, T John Longkumer inaugurated traffic control room, residential flats and launched Kohima Police Traffic Sentinel Scheme (KPTSS) at traffic control room, Tuesday.

Delivering a speech, Longkumer appraised that the traffic control room was envisaged to be the application of technology, to solve the problems of supervisions and co-ordinate the efforts of traffic policemen in Kohima. He said that the traffic control would be using cutting edge technology in Google Maps, CCTV cameras drones and FM.

Longkumer said through Google Map the predictive abilities will be sharpened and that CCTV and drones would augment police’s effort to hotspot management. He also said the FM channels will be used to disseminate advisories and warnings to the public to avoid congested routes, thus, increasing the outreach of traffic police. He informed that KPTSS empowers the public to come forward as conscientious and law abiding people to strengthen the arms of law. 

Longkumer opined that with its unique “reward point” accumulation system, it would be appealing to the public at the same time augur new age of police public cooperation, whereby he urged the public to extensively use the platform.  

Longkumer lauded SP Kohima for reducing the cost of implementing the schemes by using the abundant CCTVs and making them operational for public surveillance and control. He also added that provisioning of four residential flats in the same building, housing the traffic control addresses a crucial problem for employees. 

DGP encouraged every unit to come up with such programmes that benefit the public and enhance their capabilities at fulfilling their charter.  Delivering opening address, SP Kohima, Manoj Kumar appraised that the traffic control room would be commanded by UBI as in-charge, ASI as second in-charge and 10 other officers, consisting of 4 units. 

To monitor the flow of traffic, identify any traffic violation and take assistance in investigation of road accidents and general crime, he said that 22 CCTV cameras were installed at seven locations within Kohima and live feed from all the cameras were centralized at the traffic control room.   

Kumar informed that traffic monitoring unit will also be flying drones to have a good overview in managing traffic, while Google maps will be used to identify traffic congestion. He said that live traffic updates will be disseminated periodically through 103 MHz FM Tragopan and Kohima police twitter and facebook handles. Kumar said KPTSS was a first of its kind conceptualized in 30 days inviting citizens to register with Kohima Traffic Police as “Traffic Sentinel”. He said citizens can report certain traffic violations via photos and videos through whatsapp which will later be upgraded to mobile app. 

Kumar said that the police will ensure the safety and security of the sentinels by keeping their identity confidential. He said cash or special rewards will be handed over through a systematic method of points earned per violations reported, besides dedicated and willing sentinels will be used in creating awareness about traffic law and road safety. 

Presenting technical report, superintendent engineer Police Engineering Project, Imnajungba Jamir informed total estimated cost of constructing traffic control room and staff accommodation was Rs. 1,64,24,000 but work order amount was Rs. 1,12,00,000 under negotiated loan 2015-16 from HUDCO. He said the construction commenced on February 23, 2016 and completed on February 12, 2020. Jamir said the 3 storied building has 22 rooms and 6 toilets on an area of 5,450 sq.ft.

It may be mentioned that, in the first phase of KPTSS, public can report certain offences by capturing photos and videos of defaulting vehicles and sending it through whatsapp number 9863275596. In the second phase, KPTSS app will be launched, where the sentinels could earn reward points. On accumulation of 100 points, a cash reward of 1000 will be rewarded. 

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