In a fresh move, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has buckled down to nail the traffic violators on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway by installing 203 more Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) at various locations at the highway. The 94-km Mumbai-Pune Expressway sees a substantially worrying number of accidents every year due to unruly and rash driving.
The decision to install more CCTV cameras was taken to keep the unruly behaviour of the drivers at the expressway under check. The authority has issued the tender to seek applications from those interested in the tender.
The MSRDC authorities have informed that it is installing more 203 CCTVs at various strategic locations on the highway to nab those unruly drivers who jump lanes, do not wear seat belts, drive on the wrong sides, drive rashly, etc.
It stated that more cameras will record the activities of the undisciplined drivers and thereby empower the officials to book and fine the traffic violators. The authority is also determined to nab those who talk on phone while driving and those who install fancy number plates on their vehicles.
To recall, the MSRDC, in November 2020, brought down the speed limit at Mumbai-Pune Expressway from 120kmph to 100kmph for the 8-passenger capacity vehicles. It also reduced the earlier speed limit of 100kmph to 80kmph for the 10-passenger capacity vehicles. The aim of the initiative was to reduce the number of accidents at the highway.
The decision of MSRDC to install more cameras will serve the purpose of booking the traffic violators by presenting the CCTV camera recorded footage. The authority has also planned to issue challan to the unruly drivers after their ill-behaviour gets recorded in the CCTV cameras. The activity of penalizing the traffic violators via e-challan is an ongoing protocol followed not only at the highways but also at the regular city roads.