DOHA • The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday signed an agreement with a Doha-based private company to install 86 radars at 29 traffic signals across the city.
The agreement was signed by Brigadier Abdul Aziz Al Ansari, director of the supply department at the Ministry and Khalid Ghanim Al Hudaifi, vice chairman of the Industrial and Commercial Development Company, which has been assigned to implement the project.

Col Mohammed Saad Al Kharji, director of the Traffic and Patrol Department and other senior officials Brigadier Abdullah Mohammed Al Malki and Col Mohammed Marafi were present on the occasion.

Ansari said, the project, costing QR25.7m will be implemented in 14 months. The first radar will be installed in two months.

"The initiative reflects the Ministry's keenness to curb traffic violations and reduce the accidents," he added.

The signals will be selected based on their importance as far the traffic flow is concerned. Up to four radars may be installed in some intersections depending on the requirements. The company will be responsible for delivering, installing and maintaining the radars, Ansari said.

Saad Al Kharji said, one advantage of these advanced radars is that it can detect jumping of signals and at the same time record the speed of the vehicle involved.

The Traffic and Patrol Department will supervise the functioning of the radars while the private company will collect the recorded data and handover it to the department on a regular basis.

The company has been assigned this task for a period of four years continuously, he added.

Based on these data, the department will take punitive action against those drivers who are found to be involving in repeated violations.