More than two years after the Eastern Freeway was inaugurated, it has finally come under CCTV surveillance.
“Since the start of August, there have been trials to test the cameras. We faced and identified many problems. The cameras are operational since August 12,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner SVR Srinivas.
Incidentally, this came two days after chargesheet was filed against Janhavi Gadkar (35) who is accused of killing two persons and injuring four on June 9 after she allegedly rammed her Audi car into a taxi in an inebriated state. With no electronic surveillance to find how she got on the wrong side, officers had a tough time reconstructing the events. Police said Gadkar had no recollection of how she found herself on the wrong side of the freeway.
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“CCTVs will be an indicative move. We have other ideas in the pipeline to curb traffic violations, especially speeding,” Milind Bharambe, Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) said.
Senior traffic police officers said speed guns will roll out by next month to contain speeding.
There are three additional cameras to be installed. They are being placed on stretches where roads are wider. MMRDA has paid BMC for installation of the state-of-the-art CCTV cameras.