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Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to tighten traffic regulations across the State, the Odisha government introduced 'e-check gate' system during the concluding ceremony of 31st Road Safety Week today.

The intelligent traffic system was introduced as a pilot project between Rameswar in Khurda to Chandikhol in Jajpur to control highway traffic issues.

With the strict on-road traffic regulations under the MV Act set to resume in the State from March, the State Transport Minister said that his full focus is being given on to stop cases of drunk driving, speed driving, triple riding and rides without helmets.

“Even pillion riders will also have to wear helmets. This will be strictly applicable in both rural and urban areas,” said the State Transport Minister.

Explaining about “Citizen Reporting” mobile app, Transport Commissioner Sanjeeb Panda said that traffic violators will be identified and action will be taken against them after their pictures are uploaded in the app. "The name of the person who will lodge the complaint will be kept confidential and he/she will be rewarded,” said Panda.

From January 2019 to November 2019, out of 10,017 accidents, 4,903 persons had lost their lives. The Transport department aims at bringing down accident rate significantly across the State.

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