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Saturday , June 21 , 2014
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Digital watch on reckless traffic

Dhanbad is going the Jamshedpur way to introduce electronic surveillance on its unsafe roads to curb its soaring crime graph and nab road rogues red-handed.

After the successful trial at Randhir Verma Chowk on Wednesday, the district administration has decided to mount high-capacity CCTV cameras at the landmark within a couple of days.

A control room to monitor the footage will be set up at the district headquarters. A magistrate, a police officer and a district transport office representative will be deputed there.

Although during the trial run, inspected by deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar himself, they used analogue cameras, digital ones will be installed.

Kumar, who chaired a traffic task force meeting on Thursday, said advance PTR (pan-tilt-rotate) cameras will be able to zoom 30 times and focus on the driver as well as the number plate from different angles.

“The cameras will work 24x7, as those will be equipped with night vision facility,” said Kumar. He added that after observing the operation of the third eye at Randhir Verma Chowk for a month, similar digital surveillance will be introduced at all important squares like Shramik Chowk near Dhanbad station, City Center Chowk at Bartand and Steel Gate Chowk at Saraidhela.

Making the entire system of nabbing rogues and imposing fine hi-tech, the traffic department will maintain a database of vehicle owners with their contact details.

“After scanning the CCTV footages, the department will procure the details of the violator and send an SMS to him/her mentioning the fine amount. The offender will be given 48 hours time to deposit the fine, failing which legal proceedings will be initiated against him/her,” the deputy commissioner added.

Besides the e-vigil, it was also decided to widen the stretch between Birsa Chowk and Bank More.

To streamline traffic movement, deputy commissioner Kumar instructed ADM (law and order) Das, who is also the chief executive officer of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation, to issue fresh tenders for installation of traffic signals at major squares.

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