Not a year has passed since a toll collection attendant was murdered over Rs 27 at Kherki Daula toll plaza and the operator is already showing lax attitude towards the security of its employees and commuters.
Reason: Five of the 70 CCTV cameras installed at Gurgaon-Delhi toll plaza and two of the 32 installed at Kherki Daula toll plaza are not functioning since more than 30 days, an RTI has revealed.
The negligence on part of the operator comes in the wake of the fact that last year’s sensational murder was solved due to the CCTV footage derived from the cameras installed at Kherki Daula plaza.
The cameras are meant to keep a record of the movement of commuters. However, the callousness on part of the toll operator, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Ltd (DGSCL), has put the security of its own employees at risk.
In his RTI application, activist Aseem Takyar asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) whether all CCTV cameras installed between KM 24 (Delhi-Gurgaon plaza) and KM 42 (Gurgaon-Manesar/Kherki Daula plaza) were in working condition.
“The cameras installed at these two plazas have not been working for many days. Though DGSCL officials have noticed the fault, they are least bothered about the safety of people. They think only the police have responsibility towards people. They believe it’s just a formality to put up a camera and that it has no utility,” said Takyar, the RTI activist.
“From their attitude, one gets a feeling they are not concerned about the safety and security of their own staff,” Takyar added. When contacted, a DGSCL official said: “Each lane at KM 24 toll plaza is equipped with three cameras (two CCTV and one still camera) which work simultaneously round the clock.”
He said “all the external cameras which are being used to monitor traffic and capture the number plate details of each and every vehicle are working perfectly”.
“It’s the four-five cameras placed inside toll booths for toll attendants’ training and monitoring purpose that are not working due to technical problems in adapters due to rain. We have placed an order for fresh cameras and adapters,” the DGSCL spokesperson added.
The accused of the last year’s brazen murder of a toll attendant were caught with the help of CCTV footage.