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AI cameras for every 2km along Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway

The Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway is set to undergo a significant improvement with the objective of improving road safety and reducing accidents. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has introduced a substantial measure by declaring the installation of an AI camera every 2 kilometers along the 118-kilometer stretch. This decision represents a noteworthy deviation from the initial plan, which proposed only one camera for every 10 kilometers.

The decision comes in response to the alarming rate of accidents on the expressway, which claimed the lives of 158 individuals within nine months of its opening to traffic. Following widespread criticism and concerns over highway safety, Alok Kumar, Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) for Traffic and Road Safety, personally inspected the highway and directed the traffic police to intensify operations to enforce traffic regulations.

A collaborative effort ensued, with district police officials highlighting the need for enhanced surveillance and accident prevention measures. Suggestions included the installation of AI-based Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, capable of identifying speeding vehicles, unauthorized entries, and violations such as mobile phone usage and failure to wear seat belts.

The tender process for the installation of these cameras has been completed, paving the way for their swift deployment. The AI cameras are equipped not only to detect vehicles exceeding speed limits but also to identify prohibited vehicles such as two-wheelers and three-wheelers. Violators will face consequences under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, with cases registered and e-challans issued accordingly.

Furthermore, the cameras facilitate seamless data sharing with traffic management centres, enabling prompt action against offenders. Alongside the cameras, speed limit notice boards have been erected every 2 kilometres, enhancing awareness among motorists.

ADGP Alok Kumar’s proactive approach to road safety includes previous initiatives such as radar installation to monitor speeding and imposition of fines on violators. The introduction of AI-based ANPR cameras marks another significant step towards reducing accidents and fatalities on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway.

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