With a number of recent hit-and-run-cases going unsolved in the city, the Chandigarh traffic police does need to get technology to its aid. Realising that CCTV cameras can help the department, the department has decided to invite tenders for consultants, who would prepare a detailed survey and advise the police on the kind of cameras to be put up in the city to make it safer for motorists.
However, a major reason for unsolved hit-and-run accidents is that vehicles manage to escape due to the lack of night-vision CCTV cameras and the step could help correct that.
In the last six months, more than 25 hit-and-run accidents have taken place in Chandigarh with 20 of them fatal. In the last four years, of the around 1,700 accidents, 355 were reported between 9pm and 12am. In the first four months of this year, 25 accidents have been reported between 9 pm and 12 am and in about five cases the vehicles have not been traced.
The city needs 250 night-vision cameras and a total of 650 cameras to keep it under tab. In the past, the tenders invited to install these cameras have evoked poor response with only two consultants coming forward and the project, expected to cost around `9 crore, has tended to flounder.
UT SSP traffic Maneesh Chaudhary said: "We have around 100 CCTV cameras installed by the traffic police and we do require night-vision cameras. Tenders were invited, but there was tepid response, so we are restarting the process. With the night-vision cameras, we can get a clear view of the registration number of the vehicle even at night, making it easy to crack such cases." He added that most cameras were functional and only around 10 could be non-operational.
RECENT CASES OF HIT-AND-RUN
July 11: A 26-year-old pedestrian woman was killed while her sister-in-law sustained serious injuries at Sector-29, after being hit by a white-coloured Maruti near the Sai Temple at around 8 pm. The deceased was identified as Seema, while her sister-in-law was identified as Bindu. The police have not been able to track the erring driver so far.
July 4: A car rammed into head constable Parminder Singh at the dividing road of Sector-35/36 at a drunken-driving check-pot at around 11 pm, after being signalled to stop. The driver did stop, but as the cop asked for papers, he was knocked down and the driver fled from the spot.
July 8: A Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) conductor was killed after a speeding vehicle hit him at red light junction of Sector-20/30. The deceased was identified as Sandeep Singh, a resident of Sector-20. The case is as yet untraceable.