CCTVs eyed for major city streets

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Saturday, February 1, 2014


BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella on Friday revealed plans to install 10 to 15 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in major streets to monitor traffic situation.

Puentevella said he wants a monitoring system that will help the Traffic Management Unit and the Bacolod City Traffic Authority determine which areas are congested during peak hours and help them find alternative routes.

This is in line with the masterplan to improve the traffic situation in the city, the mayor said.

Puentevella said in an interview over Aksyon Radyo Bacolod that he plans to have the CCTV project undergo bidding by February.

The CCTVs will be installed along Burgos Street, Circumferential Road, Libertad-Araneta streets, along La Salle Avenue, and on Araneta Street in front of City Hall.

Puentevella said they will also procure new traffic lights and repair the defective ones.

Pay parking zones

Meanwhile, Councilor Claudio Puentevella, son of the mayor, has proposed an ordinance designating pay parking zones in the city in accordance to his pay and park proposal last year.

The councilor said the move seeks to address the nagging traffic problem that hampers the city’s business velocity.

“The prevalence of illegal parking of motor vehicles in our major streets is one of the factors that contribute to traffic congestion,” the younger Puentevella said, adding that there are 83,531 registered motor vehicles in the city at present.

The ordinance, which is up for approval on second reading, designates San Juan, Rizal, Gonzaga and Gatuslao streets as pay parking zones.

As such, the city will charge parked vehicles on the mentioned thoroughfares P5 for the first two hours and an additional P2 for every exceeding hour, with the total fee of each vehicle not exceeding P35 a day.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 01, 2014.

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