Hi-tech traffic control room opened at Police Training College

There should be no two laws for VIPs and the common man on the roads, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

Inaugurating the Hi-tech Traffic Enforcement Control Room established at the Police Training College here on Monday, Mr. Chandy said that no action was initiated against VIPs who blatantly violated traffic laws while stringent action was taken against the common man for almost every violation. This had caused negative vibes among the common man and if the rising number of fatal accidents in the State were to be curbed, this discrimination had to stop.

Stating that no law enforcing authority could remain a mute spectator to the alarmingly increasing number of fatal accidents in the State, Mr. Chandy said coordinated efforts between the Police, Motor Vehicle Department and the Public Works Department, along with round-the-clock monitoring and interventions, were required to tackle the rising number of accidents.

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan presided over the function. State Police Chief K.S. Balasubramanian; ADGP A. Hemachandran; IG Manoj Abraham; and Keltron Managing Director C. Prasanna Kumar were also present.

The system in the control room, developed by Keltron, comprises 100 surveillance cameras installed in high accident-prone areas on highways across the State, with speeding vehicles to be captured on camera. Challans, complete with the owner’s address, will be printed at the control room within seconds.

The 24-hour recording system is expected to help the police retrieve information about vehicles whenever necessary.

Keltron officials, who said the system was on a trial run for the last two weeks, had already detected over 50,000 speed violations. A similar 94-camera control room of the Motor Vehicle Department, to be stationed at Kakkanad in Ernakulam, too was being developed by Keltron and would be operational in four months.