Hi-tech eye on highway

UNDER SURVEILLANCE: CCTV cameras near Kharkai roundabout in Adityapur on Wednesday. (Bhola Prasad)

Jamshedpur: To curb crimes and accidents, more than 15 high-resolution CCTV cameras have been installed on the 15-km Tata-Kandra four-lane highway, considered the lifeline of Adityapur industrial area.

In the first phase, the cameras have been put up on the 9km stretch between Kharkai roundabout (at Jamshedpur end) and Gamharia with the support of Adityapur Small Industries Association (ASIA), an outfit of industrialists, and Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco which provides electricity in Adityapur-Gamharia area.

The Tata-Kandra highway was built at a cost of Rs 185 crore in 2012. Over 4,000 big and small vehicles and 20,000 two-wheelers ply on the stretch daily. On an average, 140 mishaps take place on the highway every year.

"Installation began in the last week of December. So far, around 15 high-resolution CCTV cameras have been put up at strategic locations which witness large crowds and are vulnerable to mishaps. The cameras will be maintained by ASIA and Jusco as part of their corporate social responsibility," said Seraikela-Kharsawan SP Chandan Kumar Sinha.

While ASIA has borne the expenses of the cameras installed from the end of Kharkai roundabout to Adityapur Auto Cluster, Jusco managed it from Adityapur Auto Cluster to Gamharia police station.

A control room has been set up at Adityapur thana to monitor the footages while another is being readied at Gamharia police station premises.

"Trained personnel are monitoring the visuals 24/7 at Adityapur. They will alert patrol vans and the district police headquarters at Seraikela in case of a mishap or criminal activities. We also held talks with industrialists for installing such cameras on the remaining stretch between Gamharia and Kandra," the SP said.

"In the absence of a traffic signal system, heavy vehicles tend to drive recklessly, leading to frequent fatal road mishaps. With cameras now in place, rash driving and accidents will automatically come down," a police officer said.


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