The Gautam Budh Nagar traffic police will install CCTV cameras at 351 intersections and 21 entry points in Noida and Greater Noida after the state assembly elections are concluded. Officials said the move is to keep a vigil on traffic violations at major intersections and to ensure smooth traffic flow.
The traffic police have received necessary approvals for the installation. Officials said they had planned to start the project in January, but could not do so as the model code of conduct came into force.
For installation, a survey was conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to identify bottlenecks. The survey was conducted in 2016 and it took consultants four months for the consultants to prepare the report.
Officials said that the project has been initiated with a view to check traffic flow for the next 10 years. Around 500 CCTV cameras will installed as per the plan.
Noida is among the 12 cities in Uttar Pradesh where CCTV cameras are to be installed.
The superintendent of police (traffic), Gautam Budh Nagar, Prabal Pratap Singh, said, “The detailed project report (DPR) for the installation of CCTV cameras has been approved. Execution will begin after elections and it will take around two months.”
Singh said that the cameras will be equipped with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology, which will help identify vehicles, particularly in hit-and-run incidents.
The cameras will also have sensors that will help change traffic signals, depending on the traffic flow at entry points and major intersections. “During night, traffic lights will work automatically based on the sensors. These sensors will gauge the volume of traffic on roads and change the signals accordingly,” Singh said.
The cameras will also help in monitoring crimes and surveillance over sectors, the police said. However, a dedicated team to operate the hi-tech cameras is yet to be identified.
Amit Gupta, a software engineer and a resident of Sector 77, said, “At present, traffic police have only 100 personnel for the entire district of Gautam Budh Nagar. If the number remains the same, it will be difficult to tighten the noose on the offenders. The move is definitely welcome, but the results can be gauged only on strict enforcement.”