Speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink is no longer a risky proposition, it’s an expensive one too.
Mumbai Traffic police has actively started monitoring and sending e-challans to motorists caught speeding on the sealink, thanks to the integration with the existing CCTV network.
If caught speeding over 80 kmph, which is the current speed limit on the sealink, motorists will have to shell out Rs 1,000 as fine. If the violation is repeated, the fine increases to Rs 2,000.
In October, Mumbai got its very own surveillance network consisting of over 5,000 CCTV cameras. The network was also integrated with the newly launched e-challan system, allowing traffic officials to SMS challans directly to motorists on their registered mobile number.
Incidentally, 80 high-end CCTVs were installed on the Bandra-Worli sealink last year owing to the increasing number of accidents and suicides. These CCTVs, some of which can also measure speed, have also been linked the existing network.
According to a senior traffic official, “Some CCTVs are capable of measuring the vehicle’s speed. When a motorist is caught speeding, the system alerts the officials working at the main traffic control room, who generate the e-challan. The system then sends the challan to the car owner via SMS.”
Once the challan is sent, the offender can visit Mumbai Traffic Police’s website and pay the fine using any of the available modes.
“Its an excellent idea. I travel via the sealink everyday and witness people speeding day in and day out. Many a times, those speeding put the lives of others at risk. The constant monitoring and Rs 1000 fine should help deter such motorists,” said Akhil Vyas, a MNC employee who uses the sealink to travel to Andheri everyday.
Another motorist, who was ‘positively surprised’ to receive the e-challan for speeding, lauded the traffic police for the initiative.
“Got my First SPEEDING TICKET! I am ecstatic… Bandra Worli Sea link speed limit is 80kms… I was driving at 91kms and as soon as I got off the sea link I got a text message with an E Challan link to pay a 1000 Rs fine and a link to the image of me on the sea link committing the offense… Good Job Mumbai Traffic Police,” Nishchay Gogia posted on Facebook.