After announcing a 50% cut in the traffic fines if paid by February 11, 2023, the Karnataka Police has earned over Rs. 9 crores and settled several cases.
A report by The Indian Express stated that by 5th February, the Bengaluru City Police have collected Rs. 22.32 crore in fines and have cleared 7,41,048 cases.
Hats off to this guy who paid this bill..!
The bill i am sure was taller than him
BTW total fine collected from #Bengaluru traffic violators under 50% discount scheme by @BlrCityPolice in 3 days is 22 crore 32 lakh pic.twitter.com/9RKYErDotm
— Kamran (@CitizenKamran) February 5, 2023
According to the officials, the city police collected around Rs. 5.6 crore on Saturday and Rs. 8 crores on Saturday. Besides Bengaluru, the Mangaluru city officials have collected Rs. 4.6 lakh and cleared over 2,000 cases. Mysuru City collected Rs. 47 lakhs as a fine and cleared 22,362 cases.
A tried and tested formula
The same discount system was successfully brought into practice by the Hyderabad police in 2022. According to a report the Bengaluru police had over two crore e-challans pending which amounted to approximately Rs. 500 crores. The Bengaluru police would recover only Rs. 170 to Rs. 180 crores every year. The seemingly lucrative proposition for the citizens will be a profitable venture for the authorities given the rise in amounts they will collect.
The authorities in the state announced the ‘bumper discount’ on February 2, as a one-time measure till February 11. fxr