In a bid to curb the number of accidents on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway , the Maharashtra highway police are planning steps to ensure those over speeding are fined. They have urged the home department to bring the expressway under CCTV camera surveillance.
The CCTV cameras will record the vehicle number and the face of the driver, and if found over speeding, the details will be forwarded to the next toll plaza, where a fine will be imposed.
Sources said, the proposal, which has been sent a while ago, is under consideration. They added that Keltron, a government of Kerala undertaking, gave a presentation to the state government officials few months back on the use of CCTV cameras to curb road accidents. The plan is to install high definition CCTV cameras on the highways at specific points.
“Any vehicle which is being driven beyond the stipulated speed will be automatically captured by the CCTV camera along with its registration number and the driver’s face. Within minutes, the information will be forwarded to the next toll plaza where the driver will be fined for over speeding,” said a Maharashtra highway traffic police official. They also believe that most accidents on the highway occur owing to over speeding.
Sources add that the approximate cost of this project will be Rs20 crore. If this step helps in curbing road accidents on the expressway, the police department will contemplate replicating the same measure on the rest of the highways in the state.
“Apart from this, all the districts and commissionerates in Maharashtra have been asked to mark accident-prone and traffic-prone spots in their jurisdiction. Accordingly, these spots will be chosen to install another set of CCTV cameras,” said police inspector DM Bansode of the Maharashtra highway police.