MARGAO: In a novel public-spirited initiative, the South Goa district administration has set up a closed circuit surveillance system in Margao. The demonstration of the system, which has been operational since Sunday, was held at the South Goa collectorate on Monday.
Initially, the nearly 3km stretch of road from Holy Spirit Church to MMC Square has been fitted with CCTV cameras on an experimental basis. Margao is the first place in Goa to have surveillance cameras monitoring traffic.
Speaking to media persons after the demonstration, district collector N D Agarwal said the surveillance system would serve two purposes. "While traffic police would be able to keep a tab on traffic violators, the video footage saved in the system would help police in detection of motorcycle thefts and other cases," Agarwal said.
Margao police will monitor traffic on a 3km stretch using CCTV cameras.
District collector N D Agarwal said that the very knowledge that one was under surveillance would deter anybody from committing a crime or breaking a law. The system will be monitored by Margao traffic police, sources said.
The experiment will be underway for about a month. "No cost has been incurred by the district administration towards the system's installation. It's a demo exercise. Based on the results we get from the exercise, the government will take a decision on whether or not to adopt the technology for the state in preventing traffic violations," Agarwal said.
The demonstration was attended by labour minister Avertano Furtado and Cuncolim MLA Subhash "Rajan" Naik, south Goa SP Arwind Gawas, Margao municipal council chairperson Arthur D'Silva, Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai among others.