CCTVs on E-way to have practice run on Feb 10

Jan 30, 2013, 07:51 IST | Ranjeet Jadhav

To check efficiency of cameras on Mumbai-Pune expressway, MSRDC officials have asked for a live demonstration

After the accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, which killed five people on Monday near Kamshet, officials from the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) are seeking a live demonstration of the CCTV cameras that will be installed on the entire stretch.

Crash: Five people died on the expressway on Monday after a Swift Dzire went out of control and collided into another car near Kamshet.

Confirming the same, an MSRDC official said, “The company that is going to install cameras on the Mumbai-Pune expressway between Panvel and Pune has already given us a presentation. However, in order to check the effectiveness of the cameras — which will allow traffic authorities to capture the images of the person driving the vehicle along with the number plate of the vehicle — the company will give us a live demonstration on February 10 after which we will decide whether or not to install the cameras.”

The decision to first install CCTV cameras along the stretch was taken in December following the demise of two Marathi actors at the same spot where Monday’s accident took place.

The company had in fact, shown its first presentation to MSRDC officials last week. An official said, “We were not too happy with the first presentation and so we asked the company to give us another one yesterday.”

He added, “Following yesterday’s presentation, in order for us to check the efficiency of the cameras, we have asked the company to give us a live demonstration. Our main aim of installing the cameras is to see which vehicles are speeding while driving on the expressway. The cameras should capture the image of the person driving the vehicle and also the number of the car so that the car is stopped at the toll plazas and the traffic police can fine the offender.”  


100 The number of CCTV cameras that the MSRDC plans to install across the 95-km stretch of the expressway

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