Mysore

Traffic offenders, chain snatchers, you are under watch now

City police install high-definition and night-vision cameras across 34 junctions; to monitor them 24/7

 Beware! You will be caught the next time you jump a red signal. CCTV cameras that are being installed across the city will capture traffic violations and you will be forced to cough up a hefty fine.

Gone are the days in Mysuru when one could jump a signal, drive without helmets, park in a no-parking zone or hoodwink even the policemen armed with cameras. Traffic cops watched helplessly even as you sped away. Also, many chain snatchers have escaped after committing the crime as the police did not have any means to record or capture the events.

Not anymore.

The police force has finally started harnessing technology to crack down on offenders – traffic and crime. 34 high-power and high-vision cameras are being installed across the city on a war footing.

The initiative has been launched on March 26 and cameras have already been installed at K R Circle, Hardinge Circle, Kalamandir Junction, Nazarbad Junction, Royal Inn Junction, Metropole Junction, and Kuvempunagar Bake Point Junction. The rest of the cameras will be installed in one or two days.

Traffic police constable pradeep seen monitoring the CCTV footages at the Control Room
Traffic police constable pradeep seen monitoring the CCTV footages at the Control Room

The police department has procured 40 cameras for this purpose and these are high-definition PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) instruments and are powerful enough to record the happenings during night too. Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has been given the responsibility of installation and maintenance of the cameras and Metro Net is being used for networking purposes.

These cameras will watch your every move and every time you take to the wheel. One false move or a broken signal, and you could find a summons at your doorstep in a few days. The initiative is led by City Police Commissioner B Dayananda, DCP (Crime) N D Birje and ACP (Traffic) Madaiah and nodal officer R P Ashok.

K R Cricle, the hub of activities in the Central Business District is monitored with CCTV Camera
K R Cricle, the hub of activities in the Central Business District is monitored with CCTV Camera

These highly powerful cameras with night vision have been set up for the first time in Karnataka. According to the police, a command centre for these cameras has been set up at the City Police Commissioner’s office where 12 giant LED TVs have been set up for monitoring. These LED TVs will relay the camera recordings live and there is a provision to view all the 34 camera recordings.

Ten policemen at any given point of time will monitor the streets from the command centre and three shifts have been formed for 24/7 monitoring.

CCTV Camera Installed in front of the Nazarbbab Police Station
CCTV Camera Installed in front of the Nazarbbab Police Station

These cameras will enable the police to not only catch traffic offenders but also collect information about criminal movements, mob attacks, chain snatching incidents and protest rallies. The command centre will now get the information along with video evidence and messages will be passed on to the control room and respective police stations for further action.

How you will be fined

Once a camera captures visual evidence of traffic rules being flouted, officials manning the command centre room list the number plates of the erring vehicles. They send these numbers to the prosecution department. Officials at the department forward the numbers to relevant traffic divisions, where officials follow up on the case and send summons to the offenders, who are then fined.

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