By: Pune Pulse
September 25, 2023
Pune: In an unprecedented occurrence within the city, the vehicle-activated speed sign (VASS) display situated near Bhumkar Chowk, near Navale Bridge, has been reported as stolen by unidentified individuals.
The issue was highlighted by a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) responsible for the maintenance of the camera, who noticed its absence from the pole where it had been installed earlier this year.
As per the information provided, the complainant has stated that the Vehicle Actuated Speed Sign (VASS) device was initially positioned near Bhumkar Chowk in March by the Save Life Foundation, which was also entrusted with their upkeep.
However, during a routine maintenance check on September 22, it was observed that the device was no longer present at its designated location. The VASS was installed due to a series of accidents occurring near Navale Bridge, with excessive speeding by heavy vehicles being identified as a contributing factor. Consequently, the highway traffic police initiated penalties for vehicles found to be surpassing the speed limit in that area. Interestingly, the complainant asserts that the camera disappeared between July 28 and August 22, yet the traffic department and NHAI officials were reportedly unaware of the theft until the NGO officials reported it and filed a complaint.
Before this incident, the highway authorities had not lodged any complaints regarding the missing camera. An FIR has been registered against the unidentified culprits at Sinhagad Road Police Station, and further investigations are currently underway.
While talking to Pune Pulse, Abhay Mahajan, added, ”An FIR has been registered in this case and further investigation is going.”