With the summer vacations days away and in anticipation of a huge rush, the city police have decided to install CCTV cameras at the Central Bus Stand (CBS) for surveillance
"Keeping in view the safety of passengers, Kranti Chowk Police Station, under whose jurisdiction the CBS falls, is installing CCTV cameras," said senior depot manager Kishore Somavanshi.
He said the bus stand would have 35 CCTV cameras installed in and around the premises. Incidentally, a 4-year-old child was kidnapped from the Pune bus stand while waiting to return to Aurangabad, four months ago.
"We have seen many cases of thefts being reported from the bus stand area. This will help track down culprits involved in such crimes," said assistant traffic controller M B Jawlekar.
Passengers welcome initiative
"With the increasing number of passengers, there is a need to regulate passenger traffic. The cameras will help keep a vigil on the activities of passengers," said Ashok Mane, who regularly travels between Aurangabad and Pune.
"The MSRTC's initiative to install CCTVs on the premises is welcome step for the security reasons. People will now feel safe while travelling by bus," said Hasan Khan, a traveller.
In view of the summer rush, the MSRTC also plans more buses for important destinations such as Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Nagpur etc. from April 15.