CCTV cameras in ITS remain out of order

Expressing concern over the safety of citizens after the J M Road attack,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) made big announcements to take measures that would ensure their safety.

Written by Express News Service | Published:July 30, 2013 2:39 am

Pune: Expressing concern over the safety of citizens after the J M Road attack,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) made big announcements to take measures that would ensure their safety. But all those announcements bore no fruits as the authorities failed to transform their assurances into reality.

The civic administration had been under attack over the non-operational CCTV camera near Balgandharva,where the blast took place and injured the only person in the attack. If this CCTV camera was in operation at the time of blast,it would have captured a footage of blast and helped nab the culprits.

The PMC promised to make operational the intelligent transport system (ITS),which includes cameras to check speeding vehicles and those jumping signals. The infrastructure has been in place for the past few years,but was not operational due to the lackadaisical approach of political parties to implement it to discipline the traffic.

“The proposal to operationalise the system has been tabled in the standing committee for third time by appointing a private agency that would provide the telecommunication connectivity to the system and also penalise the citizens for breaking traffic rules,” said civic officer.

He said there is fear of the proposal meeting the same end as in the past,with the elected representatives postponing decision on it by three weeks. Meanwhile,the civic administration has also undertaken work of shifting the cameras from select locations to new locations. “The cameras are being shifted along with the new installation to meet the need of certain roads,” said Srinivas Bonala,additional city engineer.

No implementation of CCTV cameras outside commercial establishments

Pune: After the serial bomb blast last year,Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak had also issued a directive of making it mandatory for commercial units and religious places to install CCTV cameras outside the entrance to keep a check on any unlawful activity. However,according to city engineer Vivek Kharwadkar, “The directive is in place,but we have no authority to execute them on the commercial properties that are already existing. However,PMC administration has started making it compulsory for the new commercial establishments in the city that are seeking permission to the civic body.”

The directive issued last year specifically mentioned that the camera system should have the capacity to store recordings of one month. All the commercial buildings including malls,shops,companies,offices,halls,marriage halls,religious places should have the camera installed at the entrance gate. They were also made compulsory for exhibition venues and meeting halls.

It is mandatory for the owners to install fire extinguishing facility and life saving equipment at their property. Therefore,all the buildings should have the facility to ensure the safety of citizens during incidents such as bomb blasts and fire,it added.

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