CCTV used to fight Mandalay traffic
CAMERAS will be installed at Mandalay’s busiest intersections in a bid to reduce the city’s chronic traffic problems, Mandalay City Development Committee has announced.
“CCTV cameras have been installed since the first week of October. Traffic jams will now be managed with the help of CCTV,” said Daw Hnin Thidar Ko, an engineer for MCDC.
She added that in addition to monitoring traffic conditions, the cameras will be used to prosecute drivers who disregard road rules.
The city already has installed 11 cameras on major roads.
Mandalay’s residents are reserving judgement on the project, however, waiting to see whether it will yield results.
“I have never heard of problems of theft and traffic jams being solved through CCTV. If the technology does not solve these issues, it is not money well spent,” said teacher U Soe Naing.
The cost of installing the cameras and the accompanying laser-operated real-time traffic lights is estimated to be K110 million, which will be drawn from MCDC’s 2016-17 budget.
The project is being implemented by MCDC and Dream Light Technology Co Ltd and is expected to be complete by March 2017.
– Translation by Khine Thazin Han