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New camera system catches big fishes

delhi Updated: Jul 28, 2011 00:24 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
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The first offending vehicle caught with the help of the advanced camera system on the BRT corridor belongs to a deputy inspector general of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police. And the Delhi police fined him Rs 2,000 on Wednesday.

“Using the intelligent signalling system, we have prosecuted a senior officer of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police for lane violation. This is for the first time we have issued challan to somebody on the BRT corridor based on video footage captured by the intelligent system,” a police officer said.

The automatic video footage showed the official vehicle entered a lane designated for buses at 1pm on Tuesday.

“Soon we may start using the system on a regular basis for better traffic management on the corridor. Talks are on
with the transport department about this,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

However, the Delhi Traffic Police have been hauling up lane violators on the BRT corridor manually. Conducting an 11-day drive till July 2, it prosecuted 509 vehicles for entering bus lanes. Vehicles of senior government officers were among them.

On behalf of the transport department, the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) had set up the city’s first automatic intelligent signalling system (ISS) on the BRT corridor, inaugurated by chief minister Sheila Dikshit in February.

“In the system, a number of red-light speed cameras have been installed at the junctions between Ambedkar Nagar and Delhi Gate. These cameras capture live images of the vehicles that violate traffic norms on the BRT corridor and transfer these images to the main server placed at the operation control centre (OCC),” said a senior officer of the DIMTS.

The traffic police may initially use the existing OCC at DIMTS to catch violators with the help of the footage captured.
But subsequently there would be a mechanism by which footage would be transferred from the existing OCC to the OCC of the Delhi police, a senior police officer said.