In a bid to make public transport safer, above all for women, the Calcutta State Transport Corporation (CSTC) has installed CCTVs in buses introduced under the JNNURM scheme. Under JNNURM Project-I, Urban Bus Specification (UBS) II-complied equipment, including three CCTVs, were installed in each of the 623 buses. While 2 out of the 3 CCTVs have been installed inside the bus: one in the front, another at the middle, the third one is placed outside at the rear of the vehicle.
The equipment, with a storage capacity of 100 GB, will allow the footage to be stored for 3 days, which will be overwritten automatically post that period. In case of complaints or accidents, footage from the concerned bus will be retrieved to help investigate the matter.
Officers of the Kolkata Police inspected these buses and are reported to be adequately content with this new safety measure.
Bhishmadeb Dasgupta, CSTC managing director, said, "After three days the footage will be overwritten automatically. So people with complaint of any theft or pick pocketing, bad behaviour by the ticket-conductor or the bus driver or any other problem, have to register that within three days."
(With inputs from PTI)