BMTC to install CCTV cameras to crack down on illegal private operators
Posted On: 2018-05-16 16:12:56 ; Read: 17 time(s)
The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation will install CCTV cameras at various locations in the city so that it can crack down on illegal services of maxi cabs, vans and private buses. Officials say the corporation loses as much as ₹ 109 crore annually to private players.They are hopeful that the cameras will provide them evidence which can be presented to regional transport authorities who can then initiate action against owners of the private transporters.
Hitherto, officials recorded footage on mobile phones when they accompanied RTO officials on their rounds. They hope once the cameras are installed there will be a more systematic approach to clamping down on private operators.
“Illegal operations by private parties is rampant in many parts of the city. There is a need to document illegal operations on daily basis and CCTV cameras are required. The transport department has been acting against these errant operators by carrying out drives but existing laws are not stringent enough to stop these operations,” said Managing director of the BMTC V. Ponnuraj.
He said regional transport authorities can initiate action only by suspending their permits. “As most of these vehicles are registered outside the city limits we have to pursue the matter with several regional transport authority.”
According to BMTC officials, private operators continue to do their business even after being penalised by the authorities or the court. “With the help of CCTV cameras, we will build a strong case on vehicles involved, points they pick up passengers and routes they operate before taking up the matter with authorities concerned,” Mr. Ponnuraj said.
The BMTC will install and manage the CCTV cameras. “From April onwards, all private transport vehicles will have to install GPS. We are hoping it will help us to track their operations,” he added.
The BMTC is ready to take on bigger private operators who provide services to companies in Electronics City. While it’s perfectly legal for a company to hire a private player for its employees, the problem arises when drivers pick up passengers on their way back.To crack down on this, CCTV cameras will be installed at various locations such as Electronics City, Silk Board, Hebbal, Kalasipalyam, Sumanahsali to name a few.
source taken from.THE HINDU
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