The Uttar Pradesh traffic police said on Friday that it has decided to put Noida’s 300 traffic intersections under electronic surveillance along with the 47 intersections in Greater Noida. This is being done in order to streamline traffic management and policing across Gautam Budh Nagar district.
“We are in the process of finalising the date on which our project will be started on ground. We have discussed the issue with the Noida authority to begin work at site. With the help of high-tech cameras, 347 traffic intersections in Gautam Budh Nagar district will be connected to an integrated control room to improve traffic management and policing,” said Prabal Pratap Singh, superintendent of police (SP), traffic.
According to officials, the e-surveillance project will help address traffic congestion and improve law and order in district. Later, all Noida areas that share borders with Delhi will be put under e-surveillance.
The traffic police has conducted a survey of all intersections that need to be monitored with the help of close circuit television cameras (CCTVs). Work on bringing all traffic intersections under e-surveillance was delayed due to construction work for projects like Metro, underpasses and elevated roads etc. on 140 traffic intersections in Noida.
“We have now decided to begin the e-surveillance project by excluding these 140 intersections. Once work is completed on these, we can add them in the project,” said Singh.
The high-tech traffic management will also help manage the traffic police’s staff crunch. The traffic police needs a total of 691 personnel to enforce traffic rules, out of which it has only 136 at present. The project will enable streamlining of traffic with a lesser number of police personnel as major intersections will be under e-surveillance.
The Noida authority had in January 2015 put the 25 km Noida-Greater Noida Expressway under round-the-clock e-surveillance with the help of Intelligent traffic management system (ITMS) on a budget of Rs 40 crore.
“The traffic police wants to expand the ITMS-like system on some of the important traffic intersections. We held a meeting with the traffic police on Thursday and will support them in whatever way we can,” said Sandip Chandra, head of traffic cell, Noida authority.