Maharashtra Government to Utilise Drones for Monitoring Traffic

The state government of Maharashtra is planning to employee drones to invigilate traffic. This idea of implementing drones for traffic will control and identify vehicles breaking traffic rules. Initially, these drones would be monitoring Mumbai-Pune expressway on the pilot basis.

Earlier this week, a meeting was held at Mantralaya between Maharashtra state government and Home department officials. Minister Eknath Shinde and Home Minister Deepak Kesarkar addressed the session and noted that Mumbai-Pune expressway had become a ‘death trap’ with a huge number of happening road accidents.

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The provided CCTV surveillance cameras are doing reasonably good, but it has its own limitations. The need for controlling vehicular traffic mooted the idea of using drones.

“Incidents of road accidents have increased due to indiscipline and rash driving. We do not have control over rash driving as the length of the express way is long and there is insufficient police staff for surveillance,” said Minister of State for Home (Urban) Deepak Kesarkar. “The drones will be used at load line of the ‘ghat’ on expressway where setting up of CCTV cameras is not possible,” he added.

It is observed that traffic jams are mainly caused due to heavy loaded trucks prefer to jump lanes to overtake other big vehicles. Now, photos of such instances can be clicked with the help of drones and action will be taken against the erratic drivers by the transport department. However, the site of using drones is yet to decide, and MSRDC would submit its requirement in the next 15 days.

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Initially, Home Department is considering to hire four to five drones from private companies. The extension of drones across Mumbai will be based on the result of its pilot run. Hopefully, Usage of drones would reduce the burden of traffic police in the island city.