CCTVs to monitor traffic flow

An electronic eye keeps a close watch at the town area.

An electronic eye keeps a close watch at the town area.

SIBU: Closed circuit television cameras (cctvs) will be installed as a pilot project to monitor traffic flow, including illegal parking in certain areas here.

Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) deputy chairman Dato Andrew Wong disclosed that they had identified an area at Sibu Central Market for the trial project.

“Once implemented, this will definitely be the first of such initiative here,” Wong said yesterday.

But the project has yet to start as the council was awaiting reply from the police, he said.

He pointed out that the move to monitor traffic via CCTV was under the perview of the police.

“The council has written to the police to request them to expedite this process as agreed during the previous dialogue session,” he added.

The cctvs are linked to the control room at police headquarters here.

Wong did not discount the possibility that the initiative might be extended to other areas if proven successful.

Meanwhile, Sibu police chief ACP Mohd Kamal Kordi when contacted on the matter, said the police would discuss with the SMC on the planning and implementation of the project.

On another matter, the police counter at the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) here has started operation on April 14.

Sibu deputy police chief Supt Martin Koo said the public could now check their traffic summons status there.

“They can also pay summons there besides lodging police report at the centre,” added Koo.

The operating hours are 8am till 9pm daily for lodging of police reports and paying traffic summonses.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is expected to launch UTC Sibu on Friday.

UTC Sibu located at the ground floor and Level 8 to 10 of Sibu Central Market multi-storey car park started operation on March 14.

The centre opens daily from 8am to 9pm except on public holidays.

There are 13 state and federal government agencies operating at the centre.

The agencies are Police, Sibu Municipal Council (SMC), Sarawak Treasury Department, Sarawak Welfare Department, Sibu Resident Office, Sibu District Office, Sarawak Energy Berhad, Sibu Rural District Council, Sibu Water Board, National Registration Department, Immigration Department, 1Malaysia Clinic, Road Transport Department and National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN).