In an effort to curb speeding and other road rule violations, Kolkata Police has floated tender for installation of 40 CCTV cameras that will help cops issue more footage-based challans as and when the new and enhanced fine regime starts in the city.
Amongst the road stretches, which have been identified for the installation of these cameras a re several bridges, some of which have witnessed multiple accidents. This includes AJC Bose Road flyover, Vidyasagar Setu, Bondel Gate flyover and Zeerut bridge. Other areas, include Shakespeare Sarani, Theatre Road-Lord Sinha Road Crossing, Dufferin Road near YMCA grounds, Strandle Road, VIP Bazar on EM Bypass and Ballygunge Circular Road and Deodar Street Crossing.
The cops have estimated a cost of Rs 50 lakh that will be used from Kolkata South constituency MPLAD fund. The constituency is now presented by Mala Roy of Trinamool Congress. All cameras will be of 5-10 mega pixel cameras with video management software and shutter speed 1/3 to 1/100,000. “We are thankful for this help. Though primarily these cameras will help traffic police, we are equally interested in using them to solve major crimes,” said an officer.
Police sources claimed that with the cameras installed, feeds from roads will be easier to store and actions can be taken much faster. “The cameras will be put up on each lane. In addition, it will be set up on high masts and will face the incoming traffic for clear visuals. The trials will begin on the two Bypass connectors soon. We have long realized that technology is the way forward at a time when we are short of manpower. The present upgrade is being done keeping the present day challenges in mind,” said an IPS officer.
Cops believe such cameras would help in reading the number plates better even during peak traffic hours. The cops said that in several cases in the recent past, the CCTVs have proved to be the major source of evidence — the best examples being the child lifting case at Medical College and the most recent double murder case at Bansdroni.
In a giant step to bring a larger section of the city under technical surveillance, Kolkata police is all set to add 10,000 more CCTV cameras to its arsenal in the next three years.
Source: Times of India