Punjab Police Inspector General (IG), captain retired Arif Nawaz Khan has said that the traffic management system is being greatly reformed after being equipped with technology to facilitate the passengers during their journey and to inform them about traffic updates.
He further said that the ‘Raasta Application’ will be a game changer for the traffic management of Lahore. With the use of this application, the citizens will benefit by getting different traffic services such as route plan updates, online challan payment, E- licensing and other features from the traffic police Lahore, all of which will ultimately save the precious time of citizens.
He expressed these views while addressing the inauguration ceremony of the state of the art app “Raasta” that was launched in collaboration with Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) for the facilitation of citizens.
Additional IGP Patrolling Amjad Javed Saleemi, Additional IGP D & I Ejaz Hussain Shah, Additional IGP Welfare and Finance Muhammad Tahir, Additional IGP Establishment Azhar Hameed Khokhar, Additional IGP training Tariq Masood Yassen, Additional IGP Operations Mohsin Hasan Butt, Punjab DIG Traffic Farooq Mazhar, DIG IT Sharaq Kamal Siddiqui, Lahore CTO Rai Ejaz Ahmad and other concerned officers attended the ceremony. The PITB delegation was headed by Chairman Umar Saif at the ceremony.
The Punjab IG said that introducing the app is a constructive step by the traffic police of Lahore which will guide the citizens about protests, sit-ins, road blockages and other emergency situations influencing traffic. He further hoped that this app will facilitate everyday journeys of citizens and will minimize the distance between citizens and the Police.
He further stated that the Punjab police has not only improved its image in the public eye but also increased its capabilities with the help of technology. It has stamped out crimes and made the department proud all over the country with its unprecedented and unparalleled examples.
The Punjab IG acknowledged the collaboration of PITB with Punjab police and hoped that it will further help out in the creation of new projects for the relief of citizens.
Lahore CTO Rai Ejaz Ahmad during a briefing about the app said that this app may be downloaded by any citizen on their mobile phones easily. Moreover, citizens can also register complaints about personnel liable to this. He added that almost sixteen thousand citizens have already downloaded the app as a testing before the inauguration.
The satisfactory response has been motivating and more features are being added to this app.
Chairman PITB Umar Saif while addressing the ceremony said, “IT projects of Punjab police are a role model for other provinces and other institutions have expressed their interest in them too. With the cooperation of Punjab police and PITB, many welfare projects have been completed during a two and half year time period and many other projects are still underway. After the completion of these projects, the community and smart policing will control the ratio of crimes”.
At the end of the ceremony, souvenirs were exchanged between officers of Punjab police and the PITB.