cctv-3The Maharashtra Regional Transport Office will soon be better equipped to bring to book the overloaded trucks that evade paying tax at the border check posts across the state. All the 22 check posts will be monitored by CCTV cameras which will be connected to a central server room. The initiative of the state RTO to bring all check posts under the surveillance of CCTV cameras is a part of the Rs. 1, 000 Crore modernization process. It is expected to be completed by mid 2011. Every day, at least 65,000 vehicles pass through these check posts which connect seven neighboring states. Besides helping the RTO to curb the rampant menace of the track-driver-official corrupt nexus, the CCTV cameras will also be useful in aiding security measures. Deepak Kapoor, former Jt. Managing Director of CIDCO and the man who fought all odds to bring CIDCO’s 12.5 Scheme Department under the eye of CCTV cameras arresting the massive corruption in CIDCO is behind this initiative. The dynamic Deepak Kapoor, who is presently the State Transport Commissioner believes that since every movement of overloaded trucks will be monitored round-the-clock, corruption will reduce. The records of fines and receipts will now be computerized. With the RTO cracking the whip on truck drivers who evade paying taxes, the recovery of fines is set to double. Currently, the flying squads keep an eye on over-loaded trucks. Shortly, 65 more flying squads, comprising four inspectors each, will be pressed into action to conduct surprise checks on heavy motor vehicles flouting traffic rules. The present strength of the flying squads is 60. Plans are afoot to procure 100 new vehicles for the 45 RTOs across the state. With bureau inputs, Sana Warsia for NMTV News.

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