CCTV used to fight Man­dalay traf­fic

The Myanmar Times - - News - MAUNG ZAW maungzaw@mm­times.com

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

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