CCTVs useless, speed junkies have a free run

September 18, 2013


NAVI MUMBAI: Speedsters continue to zoom away on city roads thanks to the inability of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras to record speed of vehicles. These cameras are installed at traffic junctions in the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) areas.”When one tries to zoom the clip captured by CCTVs to identify the number plates of speeding vehicles, the picture gets blurred. As the cameras do not capture the speed, it is difficult to register a case as it can be challenged,” said deputy commissioner of police (DCP), traffic, Vijay Patil. The CCTVs were inaugurated four months ago by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar at the police commissioner’s office on May 14. Mayor Sagar Naik, who had taken the initiative to secure the safety of the NMMC area said, “We got it done ahead of Mumbai and would upgrade the software.”

The civic body got around 270 CCTVs installed from Airoli to Belapur at many traffic junctions, the department said. The police department has asked the NMMC for enhanced software that would enable the cameras to capture the data as it was important for policing.

Patil informed that more developed software as abroad was needed.

The cameras though have come in handy in identifying vehicles and their colour specification in solving some incidents of crime, the department said. The cameras also help in identifying instances of signal jumping when the vehicles move at slow speed. Commissioner of police, Ashok Sharma said, “Out of the 270 CCTVs, around 220 on an average are operational as local conditions like power supply affect their functioning.The stretch of some 13.8 km Palm Beach road from Killa junction to Kopri at Vashi end has 44 CCTVs, 28 of them on the busy stretch from Kopri to Mahatma Phule junction. The stretch of the 9.8 odd km from Moraj to Killa junction is the speed stretch. The horrific incident of four youths in Ford a Figo that crashed at high speed against a heavy transport vehicle at the Killa junction was captured by the CCTV and the department had circulated it to the media for awareness.

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