Ten­der for cams in buses to be floated again

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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