People driving on the newly constructed Pinjore-Parwanoo bypass would soon be under the watchful eyes of cameras. As many as eight close circuit television (CCTV) cameras would be installed on the stretch in the coming days. The CCTV cameras are being installed in order to keep a watch on the traffic movement on the stretch and make help available in case of an emergency.
The proposal has been mooted by officials of the Himalayan Expressway,the concessionaire for the project. The cameras would be installed by the company. A control room is being set up at the office of the concessionaire. The footage of the cameras would be monitored regularly. In case of an emergency,help would be sent to the spot.
A large number of CCTV cameras are already installed at the toll plaza that catch from all angles the vehicles going to either towards or coming from the bypass. Apart from capturing the face of the person who is handing over the money,the number plate of the vehicle is also captured. There is a provision of storing the data for up to two years.
An official of the company said that the proposal for installing CCTV cameras was mooted in order to monitor the movement of the traffic.
The toll plaza and the bypass were opened for public on April 6 and formally inaugurated on May 19. Around 20,000 vehicles cross the toll plaza every day. On weekends the number increases to around 30,000 with more people going to the hills. Revenue amounting to around Rs 2 crore a month is being generated.
Officials,however,claim that it is a loss-making venture for them as the cost of the construction of the bypass was quite high. The officials claim that around 4,000 passes are made for the area residents as per norms,but the amount collected is not so high.
The toll plaza has the distinction of being the first electronic toll collection system in the country. The modalities of issuing stickers to the commuters are still being worked out. As per the system,a sticker would be pasted on the windscreen of the car. Through the use of radio frequency identification device (RFID),the money would be deducted per trip. The system is likely to be put in place in the coming days.