Muscat plans more CCTV cameras to tackle congestion

Construction of a Traffic Control Centre is also expected to start soon, says official

(Getty Images - Photo for illustrative purpose only)

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Muscat streets are set to be flooded with new fixed CCTV cameras as the capital city’s governorate aims to ease congestion woes, it was reported.

A senior official at the Muscat Municipality told the Times of Oman that with a significant rise in the number of vehicles, the cameras would help monitor traffic.

He said the new cameras would be installed at the road intersections and at vantage points to monitor the movement of vehicles. It was also hoped the initiative would act as a deterrent for speeding or jumping traffic signals, with the official confirming plans to also add speed cameras on main roads.

The official said construction of a Traffic Control Centre (TCC) was also expected to start soon and be ready by the end of 2015. The TCC would help ensure smooth traffic flow by linking all the signals with a smart system, he said.

It would monitor more than 800km of roads in the capital, including the main roads from Muttrah to Seeb, the Sultan Qaboos Road, the Muscat Expressway and other double carriageways, the Times reported.

A senior official of the Royal Oman Police (ROP) said new cameras recently installed at the traffic junctions in Muscat including Ghubra, Qurum, Azaiba, Bausher, Seeb and Muttrah had helped reduce road accidents by 50 percent.

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