The traffic police have started the work for securing the Eastern Freeway. They have decided to set up 12 dedicated Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras for the 16.4-km stretch.
dna had reported that the traffic police were getting concerned about the safety of motorists after the freeway saw a number of deaths due to accidents involving bikers. Two-wheelers are not allowed to ply on the freeway.
Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority was apprised of the need for CCTVs at the entry points of the twin tunnels at the Chembur end and the Orange Gate end of the freeway. Earlier, Phansalkar had said that speed guns were being procured for the freeway and MMRDA had been alerted about the gaps in the wall at the entry point of the freeway which made it easy for bikers to sneak in and ride on it.
“At least six spots have been chosen to place the CCTV cameras. First, these can be possible accident spots; and second, there are vital installations along these stretches,” said Phansalkar.
He added that the plan to provide the entire city with 225 CCTV cameras was proceeding at a brisk pace. “At least 175 CCTV cameras are in place at various junctions. In the next few days, all cameras will be installed and they will be linked to the police control room,” he said.
Mumbai has around 3,495 traffic policemen to take care of 1,238 junctions, making the ratio a measly 2.8 policemen to every junction. Delhi has a robust 5,665 traffic police personnel to take care of 1,028 junctions — a ratio of 5.5 policemen to every junction.
Statistics show that Mumbai has just one traffic cop for every 1,938 vehicles during the day.