A majority of Indian cities are constantly grappling with the problem of traffic congestion. According to an April 18, 2018, report released by The Boston Consulting Group and commissioned by Uber, on average, travellers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata spend 1.5 hours more on their daily commutes than their counterparts in other Asian cities during peak traffic times. The cost of congestion results in lost man-hours, pollution, and accidents. Traffic jam in just four metro cities costs India a whopping Rs 1.5 lakh crore, which is bigger than the entire Railway budget for the year.
Of late, Goa, the relatively calmer than the other Indian states, is also witnessing tremendous rise in traffic. Traffic congestion in the rush hours has now become a regular affair in Goa.
To curb the menace of traffic violations, Goa Police started ‘Traffic Sentinel’ scheme wherein any local citizen of Goa can enroll in the scheme and earn crash for reporting traffic violations.
Yes, you heard it right! Goa Police is offering people earn some extra cash by being a responsible citizen.
Through a Facebook campaign, the police asked the local citizens to promote road safety and in turn get credit points for each crime that they report. The good thing is for every 100 points that you earn, you get Rs 1,000.
After seeing this news, netizens couldn’t control their excitement and started commenting on this.
People registered as traffic sentinels can report traffic violations by capturing a photo or video and send it via WhatsApp or email. The catch is the photo/video must have the license plate of the vehicle, time, date, place and type of violation. The Goa Police have also promised to not disclose the identity of the users. Hopefully it will serve as a good model for other Indian states to follow!