Non-functional CCTV biggest challenge to streamline traffic in Chandigarh

Even as the UT administration is mulling smart solutions to facilitate smooth follow of traffic as well as ensure law and order in Chandigarh, the non-functional closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at various traffic junction is posing a big challenge to the administration’s objectives.  There are around 100 cameras installed at various intersections of the roads in the city. Only 42 cameras are functional but they too lack the capacity to store the recordings of traffic movement.  Sources in the department said with the installation of the cameras the traffic wing of police was hoping to vigil the movement of traffic by live telecast and to punish the traffic violators in real time.

The sources claimed owing to problem with the software, the recording facility in the CCTV cameras is not functional. They added that the process of upgrading technology to fix the issue of non-availability of recording facility is underway .  However, when contacted, Dinesh Tandon, Sub-Divisional Engineer, Electrical, UT administration, said, “There was negligence from the side of the contractor and we imposed a penalty of ₹7 lakh on him. Now, we have given him time till May 10, failing which further action will be taken. At present, out of total 100 CCTV cameras, only 42 are functional.”