Dr. Pongsak, met with officials of the BMA’s Traffic and Transportation Department, said he had ordered the department to verify the CCTV operating system to assure it is fully functional and efficient. Repairs and maintenance work will bring the system to full capacity, he said.
The Bangkok city clerk also instructed the officials to install additional CCTV cameras in critical locations in both urban and suburban Bangkok, covering all corners of the capital, to improve traffic monitoring and crime surveillance.
Installation is scheduled to be completed this month or at least by the end of the fiscal year on September 30. Currently, he said, the municipality has 699 CCTV cameras for security purposes and other 3,000 for traffic control in congestion-prone areas.
Dr. Pongsak said BMA had planned to install additional 10,000 CCTV cameras and the decision would be made later on how many camera would be installed for traffic and security.
In addition, Dr. Pongsak also advised the BMA Traffic and Transportation Department to ask for cooperation with private companies who had their own surveillance (CCTV) system such as department stores, hotels, and petrol stations to access their system.
The system connection would help expand the network of CCTV which would eventually increase the surveillance ability for traffic control and security purposes. CCTV throughout Bangkok could help officials monitor protesters and traffic conditions
The plan to install more CCTV cameras followed the recent political turmoil in the capital and the failed attempt to assassinate Sondhi Limthongkul, a media mogul and a key leader of People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) last Friday. At that time, the five closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) at Bangkok's Bangkhunprom intersection where Mr. Sondhi was shot on his way to work were out of order. (TNA)