Live feed will be sent to a centralised monitoring and control room.
Delhi’s AAP Government has decided to invite open tenders for CCTV cameras to be installed in all 3,800 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses, moving a step towards women’s safety.
DTC will soon issue the tender for more purchasing than 12,000 cameras costing over Rs 100 crore next week.
The AAP party had promised in its 70-point election manifesto to install CCTVs in the DTC buses of Delhi, often referred to as the Rape capital of the Nation.
As per reports every bus would have three cameras installed and their live feed will be sent to a centralised monitoring and control room at ITO. The feed will be monitored round-the-clock and there will be a quick response team to attend to emergencies, said a senior DTC official.
The decision has come after a year of pilot run of CCTV cameras in 200 buses.
“The Govt. has finished the pilot project and the feedback is quite encouraging. In several cases, we managed to track down pickpockets and even eve teasers and it acts as a deterrent. Every bus would have one camera at the front, one at its back and another in the middle, so that the entire bus is fully covered,” said a senior DTC official.
This is the for the first time in DTC’s history that CCTV cameras would be installed in each bus. DTC will also simultaneously install new GPS devices in the buses for better monitoring of the Live camera feed.
“Each CCTV will have an inbuilt capacity to store 15 days’ recordings. Footage from each of these cameras will be monitored regularily. Stickers will also be pasted for informing general public that they are being tracked Live,” the official added.
It is said that the cameras can also prove handy in case of a crime incident. “This way, we will monitor our DTC staff as well.”
“We have included a pre-condition that CCTVs must be installed for the company supplying buses to the Government of Delhi. This way all the new buses will have mandatory CCTV cameras installed,” he said.
DTC has also started to post guards in all the buses for security of its commuters.