CCTV cameras to help catch errant motorists

NEW SCHEME:A CCTV camera installed at 
Bijapur: Motorists henceforth violating traffic rules in Bijapur city cannot escape from the clutches of law and they will be made to pay fine as the Police Department is installing closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at major traffic points and the market area.

In the first phase, the department has taken up installation of CCTV cameras at Gandhi Chowk and Lal Bahadur Shatri Market. Minister for Medium and Large Industries and district in-charge Murugesh Nirani will inaugurate the two cameras on August 15.

Speaking to The Hindu, Superintendent of Police D.C. Rajappa said that the camera at the Gandhi Chowk has a radius of 100 metres and is being installed by ATS Communications, a Hubli-based company by spending Rs. 3 lakh. BLDE Association has provided financial assistance for installation of the camera.
“The camera will not only help in controlling traffic but also check whether police constables deputed on duty are performing their duties sincerely or not. It will also help in quick identification of errant motorists involved in accidents,” he added.

Another camera will be installed at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Market which has more than 500 shops. More than 20,000 people of the district visit this place every day. The Lal Bahadur Shastri Marukatti Samithi has agreed to provide financial assistance of Rs. 3.65 lakh for the installation of the camera.

“As the number of people visiting the market every day is more and there are at least eight entrances to the market, it is difficult to keep an eye on anti-social elements by the officers. The camera will help in easily identifying people involved in anti-social activities in the area,” he added.

The department had also written a letter to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials urging to install such a camera at the Gol Gumbaz to keep an eye on visitors there. The department has given approval and the camera will be installed shortly, he said.

Second phase 

In the second phase, the department has plans to install such cameras at Basaveshwar Circle, the bus terminal and the railway station. A private mobile company has shown interest in installing a camera at the Basaveshwar Circle. However, North West Karnataka Road Transport Corporation authorities have not shown any keenness on installing the camera, he added.

The department has set up a control room at Gandhi Chowk Police Station to monitor traffic and the market areas, he added.

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