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CCTV, GPS in Odisha buses mandatory, says minister


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 29:

All buses government and private plying in Odisha will be mandatorily required to install close circuit television (CCTV) cameras and global positioning system (GPS) for safe transport of passengers, a notification of the Transport and Commerce department of the state government issued here today said.

busesRoute permits will not be issued to buses without CCTV cameras and GPS in them, the notification added.

The department said the step has been taken with regard to passenger safety. Currently, 15,000 private and 426 government buses are plying in the state.

“Following the Delhi incident the government has decided for installation of CCTV and GPS in all buses plying in the state. For the purpose two sub-sections have been added to the Odisha Motor Vehicles Rules 1993,” Transport and Commerce minister Ramesh Majhi told the media.

He said two clauses will be added to the Odisha Motor Vehicles Rules 1993 for the purpose and notification have been issued and very soon it will be converted into law.

The first clause says that in order to get route permits installation of CCTV and GPS will be mandatory, only then route permits will be issued.

The second clause says that drivers, conductors and helpers and all other employees of all buses will be required to submit their photographs, addresses and police report on their criminal records and identity proof at the RTO or government.

Suggestions and objections if any have been solicited from bus owners/operators for a period of one month in this regard, the minister pointed out.

The Odisha Private Bus Owners Association, however, said the state government’s move was not feasible.

“How can CCTV cameras be fitted in buses? The height and design of buses are different.

The cameras will be fitted at a high-hand reach position of passengers.

The CCTV cameras should be kept at safe distance from the public,” said association secretary Debendra Sahu.

He said it was not possible to produce police reports of drivers and conductors before STA or RTA to get the road permits.