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Transport dept mulls installing CCTVs in buses

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 14, 2013
First Published: 23:48 IST(14/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:49 IST(14/2/2013)

Taking the central government and women organisations' advice seriously, the Delhi transport department has started exploring the possibility to install closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) or web cameras in Delhi's buses.

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Senior transport department officials said they were preparing a note and will seek the Delhi Cabinet's approval to invite experienced firms to provide the services.

"It is not difficult to install CCTV cameras in buses. The real challenge is to monitor the live feed. Once we get the cabinet's approval, we will talk to companies and get the best technology for our public transport," a transport department official said.

The suggestion to install cameras to make public transport safer is not new. The government had received the suggestion a couple of years ago but had put it on backburner as it had found it difficult to view live feed of over 6,000 public buses.

Following the rape of a 23-year-old girl in a moving bus about two months ago, the government again received this suggestion and is now trying to give it a concrete shape.

There are about 6,500 buses under DTC and cluster scheme running in the Capital. The government plans to increase the number to 11,000 in the next few years.

"We may not be able to watch live footage of each bus, but we can store the footage for future use," an official said.


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