CCTV cameras on buses: 8 months on,it’s still on paper

Concerns over safety of commuters on public transport were raised soon after the December 16 gangrape.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Published:September 11, 2013 12:45 am

Concerns over safety of commuters on public transport were raised soon after the December 16 gangrape. Precautionary measures such as installing CCTV cameras on buses were promised by Delhi government then.

Eight months later,however,the transport department is still struggling to implement this project. All that the department had managed to do is finalise technical specifications for CCTV cameras on DTC and cluster buses.

“The technical specifications for CCTV cameras on buses have been finalised. It has been proposed that five cameras will be installed on each bus — three inside the bus and one each on the front and rear end of the bus. The feed will be kept for 15 days,’’ a transport official said.

According to the proposal,cameras will be installed on 200 DTC buses on a pilot basis. “The tenders will be floated by DTC by September-end. They have hired a consultant to prepare the tender documents and will also have to set up a control room for this purpose,’’ the official said.

In the days that followed the gangrape,a blame game had begun between the transport department and the Delhi Police over who was responsible for finalisation of specifications for purchase of cameras. The Home Ministry too had asked the Delhi government to speed up installation of cameras on buses.

Besides CCTV cameras,home guards were deployed on DTC night service buses as a security measure and special buses for women were introduced.

The government is now planning to install GPS devices on all its commercial vehicles. At present,the device had been installed in 3,900 DTC buses and 20,000 auto-rickshaws in the capital.

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