Non-functional CCTV biggest challenge to streamline traffic in Chandigarh
Only 42 cameras are functional in Chandigarh and they too can’t store recording.punjab Updated: Apr 29, 2017 11:00 IST
Even as the UT administration is mulling smart solutions to facilitate smooth follow of traffic as well as ensure law and order in Chandigarh, the non-functional closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at various traffic junction is posing a a big challenge to the administration’s objectives.
There are around 100 cameras installed at various intersection of the roads in the city. Only 42 cameras are functional but they too lack the capacity to store the recording of traffic movement.
Sources in the department said with the installation of the cameras the traffic wing of police was hoping to vigil the movement of traffic by live telecast and to punish the traffic violators in real time.
The sources claimed owing to problem with the software, the recording facility in the CCTV cameras is not functional. They added that the process of upgrading technology to fix the issue of non-availability of recording facility is underway .
However, when contacted, Dinesh Tandon, sub-divisional engineer, electrical, UT administration said, “There was negligence from the side of the contractor and we imposed a penalty of ₹7 lakh on him. Now, we have given him time till May 10, failing which further action will be taken. At present, out of total 100 CCTV cameras, only 42 are functional.”
Project of Smart solution yet to see light
The UT administration in 2015 conceptualised the project of ‘intelligent traffic solutions’ for the city. Under this the city was to be covered with more than 600 CCTV cameras.
Home secretary Anurag Agarwal then had said that they plan to come up with smart CCTV cameras which would not only help in keeping vigil but also help in nabbing criminals and traffic violators.
Under the project, hi-tech CCTV cameras with night vision capacity and ability to capture vehicles number plate were to be installed in the city. The cameras will also be equipped with technology such as face recognition and face matching.