Following the recent incident wherein a toll collector was murdered at the Kherki Daula Toll plaza and CCTV cameras failed to capture clear images of the shooter as well as his SUV, the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway DSC installed high-tech CCTV cameras on two of its toll plazas.
The cameras have night vision features and can also neutralise the impact of headlight glare. The authorities have also claimed that the newly-acquired cameras will also be able to zoom in at the number plates of the vehicles.
“The new high-tech CCTV cameras, some of which have already been installed at Kherki Daula toll plaza where the shooting incident took place, are in addition to the 148-odd cameras already installed at the two toll plazas. We have also completed the installation of 19 cameras on the Kherki Daula Toll plaza and initiated the process of installing 36 more at the Delhi-Gurgaon border plaza,” said Manoj Aggarwal, the CEO of toll management firm Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL).
According to the DGSCL officials, 48 CCTV cameras were already installed at Kherki Daula plaza and 100 at the Delhi border plaza. With this, the total number of CCTVs at Kherki Daula has reached 67, while the number will reach 136 at the Delhi border plaza. Hence, the total number will increase from 148 to 203 now. On the night of September 23, CCTV cameras had failed to capture the clear image of the Mahindra Bolero, whose driver had shot dead toll collector Umeshkant Pandey, 22, at Kherki Dhaula plaza.
The entire sequence of the toll collector getting fire shot had been recorded by the CCTV camera.
The CCTV footage was so poor that the police could not read the registration number of the vehicle as its headlights were on and the CCTV could not do away with the headlight glare. Following this, the Gurgaon police had directed the firm to installed high-end cameras.
Aggarwal said the Samsung cameras could capture night images and were equipped with anti-glare feature. “We have positioned these new cameras in such a way that the face of those sitting inside the vehicles as well as number plate can be read by zooming in even if the headlight is on,” he added.