Tender for cams in buses to be floated again
New Delhi: A tender for CCTV cameras and panic buttons in buses is likely to be floated again soon by Delhi government. The one floated in November last year didn’t elicit much response from prospective bidders, sources said.
“Only two firms had responded to the tender and one was technically disqualified for applying after the last date. That is why it will now be floated again next week in all probability,” a transport department official said. Sources said the department might relax some parameters, such as annual turnover and overall experience in the upcoming tender to allow more firms to participate.
The Delhi cabinet had approved the installation of CCTV cameras and panic buttons in buses in July 2017, but the tender was floated last November. “We expected the process of installation of cameras, panic buttons and GPS in all buses — including those run by DTC and cluster scheme — to begin during the financial year 2018-19. However, it might take some more time,” the official said.
CCTV cameras in public buses have been a key poll promise of Aam Aadmi Party. In his first budget speech as finance minister for the financial year 2015-16, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had proposed installation of CCTV cameras in all buses. The Delhi cabinet had approved the installation of CCTV cameras and panic buttons in buses in July 2017, but the tender was floated last November
DTC and cluster buses are expected to get three state-ofthe-art IP (Internet Protocol) cameras each. The installation and maintenance would be for five years. A screen would be provided in each bus to telecast the output from each camera.
“There will also be a panic button in each bus. The moment it is pressed, live streaming will start at the control room, which will alert the team,” the official said.
Delhi government also plans to have functional GPS devices in all public buses in the city. While all the 1,675 in cluster scheme are equipped with GPS, none of the DTC buses have it, rendering them untraceable. A senior government official said a vendor who will install GPS devices in DTC buses would soon be in place.