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Soon, more CCTVs on Mumbai's roads

HT Correspondent  Mumbai, January 04, 2011
First Published: 00:47 IST(4/1/2011) | Last Updated: 00:50 IST(4/1/2011)

Monitoring accidents on roads will become much easier in forthcoming days as the state government plans to install additional closed circuit cameras (CCTV) across the city.

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This announcement was made by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan while inaugurating the 22nd Road Safety Campaign on Monday.

There are already 100 CCTV cameras installed around the city, but the government felt that there is need to upgrade this system.

“There was an urgent need of installing CCTV cameras on roads after the 26/11 terror attacks. Now, we need to upgrade this system,” said Chavan at the function organised by the Transport department and Western India Automobile Association.

“We should visit Bengalooru where the entire road system is properly manned by CCTV cameras. I request the government to strengthen the use of technology,” said Satish Patil, minister of state.

Chavan and home minister RR Patil criticised the Transport department for not taking stringent steps against duplicate licences and number plates. “There are several cases where people have duplicate driving licences,” Chavan added.

“People are given driving licences even though they don’t have complete knowledge about driving,” Patil said.

The state feels the system might improve when the unique identity system gets integrated with the driving licences. “This would disallow a person from procuring two licences from different RTOs,” said Dilip Jadhav, transport commissioner.


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