In a bid to monitor traffic at busy junctions, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will be installing 125 cameras at traffic junctions, mostly in the suburbs.
The cameras will be installed starting October and the idea is to keep a check on the traffic pattern at these busy junctions and accordingly, decide the timing of the signals.
These cameras are being installed as a part of the Area Traffic Control (ATC) project, which is aiming to ease congestion at busy junctions by making interventions in the signaling timing, civic officials said.
“These cameras are being installed as a part of the on going ATC project,” said chief engineer Satish Badve. “The feeds from these cameras will be received at the traffic police control rooms and depending on the situation at the junctions, the signaling time will be increased or decreased,” said a civic official from the traffic department, who did not wish to be named.
The camera, which will be of superior quality compared to the ones installed by the traffic police, will cost Rs1 lakh each.
According to the traffic police, of the 105 cameras they have been installed at junctions so far, 40 per cent have been spoilt due to rainwater, problems in the electrical wiring and poor quality of the cameras.
“The new cameras will be of a better quality and will have night vision, so that during accidents, footage from these cameras can be used,” said the officer.
There are over 1,250 traffic junctions in the city of which 544 are major junctions. The installation of new cameras will be done in stages. Under the first phase of the project, 253 junctions will be covered. The cameras that have been installed currently are not being used to their optimum level, as the bandwidth needed for the transmission is expensive and not easily available.