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Video security for bus crew

Delhi Police personnel flagging down Haryana Roadways buses bound for Delhi at border checkpoints will now be caught on video, reports Sanjeev K Ahuja.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2006 03:01 IST

Delhi Police personnel flagging down Haryana Roadways buses bound for Delhi at border checkpoints will be caught on video in an attempt to step up vigil on them after crews of such buses complained of arbitrary booking by Delhi’s traffic police.

Footage of the videos would be handed over to officials of Haryana Roadways for analysis.

This was decided at a recent meeting here of officials of the Haryana Transport Department and the Delhi Police.

The meeting was held in the backdrop of Haryana Roadways employees threatening to not ply buses to Delhi from all NCR towns of the state, including Gurgaon, from December 1, alleging harassment at the hands of the Delhi traffic police.

Haryana Roadways buses make more than 1,500 trips between NCR towns of the state and Delhi daily.

The threat came despite Haryana warning its transport employees of stern action if they carried it out, disrupting an essential service like public transport and causing loss to the exchequer.

They complained that almost 50 Haryana Roadways buses had been impounded by the Delhi Traffic Police, each slapped with a penalty Rs 3,000-4,000, paid by the drivers and not the Haryana Government.

A driver who earns Rs 7,000 a month is sometimes asked to pay the entire salary in penalty for freeing the bus, they said.

Haryana's Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary Transport Ramendra Jakhu said the video footage would be analysed minutely to identify causes for frequent 'challaning' (booking) and identify potential trouble points.

At the meeting, it was also decided neither Delhi nor Haryana would encourage ticket-less travel or violation of road rules. Jakhu said they would urge Delhi to construct small bus stands at peripheral places like Karnal Mor, Peeragarhi, Dhaulakuan and Ashram for the convenience of passengers.

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First Published: Dec 10, 2006 03:01 IST