The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has started to install close circuit television cameras on its buses in an effort to enhance security on its buses, particularly for women.
According to the DTC, CCTV cameras were being installed in 200 buses in the first phase. “A Hyderabad-based company has started to install CCTV in 200 DTC buses in first phase. Each bus will have three CCTV cameras. It is being installed in 100 each low-floor non air
conditioned (green) and air conditioned (red) buses. The process of installing cameras would be completed in seven days,” DTC spokesperson R S Minhas said.
This is the first time in the history of DTC when CCTV cameras were being installed in its buses, which would prove useful for the women passengers traveling in corporation buses, especially at late night, he added.
Three CCTV cameras would be installed in each bus, which would have coverage of entire area inside the bus. Minhas also said that the company would look after the operation of CCTVs for the next five years.
“Each CCTV would have the capacity of storing the recordings of around 15 days. The footage of these cameras would be monitored on daily basis,” Minhas added.
The DTC official also said if we get good response from this project, then the corporation would bring more buses under CCTV project so that “we are able to keeb a tab on every passenger”.
Another DTC official said if a passenger’s behaviour is suspected while traveling in a DTC bus, police will be informed by the Corporation’s officials.
“With this project, theft can be detected in buses and accused can easily be identified,” he added. After the case of December 16 gang rape, the need of keeping tab on every public buses were raised. Also for the safety of women, DTC had also started providing two home
guards on the buses operating on night services.