CCTV camera installation in DTC buses likely to be delayed

The CCTV installation in the DTC buses project is likely to get delayed as only two companies have come toward after the issuing of tenders. Sources said that out of estimated eight companies, the government expected at least 5 would come forward. The government is working on the issue to ensure the work will not be stopped.” We expected that at least five companies would come forward for the project but that has not happened.

The Delhi government on November 1 floated tenders for installing CCTV cameras, panic buttons and GPS in about 5,000 DTC and cluster buses – a move aimed at strengthening the safety of passengers, especially women. Delhi Transport Minister, Kailash Gahlot, termed the move as a big step forward in making buses the “safest” public transport system in the country.

As per the request for proposal document, the initiative of installing internet protocol based CCTV cameras (three in each bus) will provide prompt integrated emergency services for public safety and security to all commuters. To achieve this objective, IP based cameras will be installed in about 5,000 DTC and cluster scheme buses, the proposal document said. Each bus will be equipped with four panic buttons, GPS, screens to telecast the output from the cameras, it said. The video file in real time will be accessed from any location including the bus depots and command centre of the Transport department. Also, a two-way audio system will be installed that could be used for communication between the bus driver and the command centre as and when required, said the document.