High-End CCTV Cameras Enhance Security For Amarnath Yatra

Ahead of the Amarnath yatra, high-end CCTV cameras have been installed along the Jammu-Srinagar highway to monitor both pilgrimage and regular vehicular traffic. With a total of 70 cameras placed strategically, the traffic and police departments aim to ensure smooth and secure travel during the 52-day event.

PTI | Jammu | Updated: 25-06-2024 13:56 IST | Created: 25-06-2024 13:56 IST
High-End CCTV Cameras Enhance Security For Amarnath Yatra
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High-end CCTV cameras have been installed along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway to enhance monitoring of both pilgrimage and regular vehicular traffic, officials confirmed on Tuesday.

The traffic department has set up 10 360-degree CCTV cameras from Udhampur to Banihal in the Ramban district, while the police department has added another 60 cameras to oversee vehicular movement and identify suspicious individuals.

The 52-day Amarnath yatra journey to the 3,880-metre-high cave shrine begins on June 29 and concludes on August 19, according to the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board (SASB).

"We have installed 10 high-end CCTV cameras at various key points from Udhampur to Banihal to monitor traffic," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Traffic National Highway, Rohit Baskotra, told PTI.

These strategic locations include the Jakhani area of Udhampur, Dalwas, Khoni Nallah, Mehar, Battery Cheshma, Nachlana, Banihal Chowk, Tunnel-5, Shaligadi, and Cutpoint.

A control room in Ramban now oversees traffic movement around the clock, enhancing management of congestion, traffic jams, and other issues according to SSP Baskotra.

The cameras are placed in problem areas where traffic conditions are particularly problematic and accidents are frequent, he added.

An advisory for drivers on the highway during the Amarnath yatra highlights the importance of lane driving and warns of heavy fines for traffic violations. Contact numbers for technical support are also provided in case of vehicle breakdowns.

"With these cameras, if a vehicle breaks down or a traffic jam occurs, it will be visible in the control room, allowing quick police response," SSP Baskotra emphasized. Special measures have been taken by the traffic police of Ramban and Udhampur to ensure smooth traffic flow during this critical period, he noted.

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