The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) has decided to install closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) at all 126 depots,16 division offices and 16 workshops across the state to keep a stock of scrap,spare parts and cash. The state corporation has recently invited tenders for high resolution CCTV cameras equipped with night vision to be installed at these 158 locations. With an estimated budget of Rs 40-50 lakh,the cameras are expected to be installed by August.
As there is no stock of scrap and used material lying at the GSRTC workshops and depots,the local officials realised that there had been discrepancies on various instances. Due to lack of any records or proof of thefts,the corporation could hardly take any action. Thus,it was decided to install CCTV cameras at all the depots,workshops and division offices, revealed the GSRTC secretary P D Patel.
The decision of installing CCTV cameras was not alone taken due to its technological edge but after a comparison of input and running costs of setting up this structure with deployment of manpower.
Another problem the GSRTC is grappling with is safeguarding the cash that is collected and received by the staff from buses on night service. As the banks are closed during second half of the day,the cash collected late hours has to be kept at depots and division offices. On an average,each depot has nearly Rs 4-5 lakh cash every night. Thus,as a precautionary measure,similar to what the banks have done these days,we have planned to safeguard the cash with the help of CCTV cameras, Patel said.