City’s CCTV Camera Plan Stalled

SRINAGAR: The government’s obsessive preoccupation with law-and-order notwithstanding, 150 high-tech surveillance cameras sought for Srinagar have yet to be installed.

Despite growing reliance on remote eyes to spot trouble and offenders, most Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras fixed to keep Srinagar under watch are said to be out of order.

At present, monitors have real-time images of only the VIP secretariat crossing, and the Jahangir Chowk, but of very poor quality, sources said.

The plan to deploy 150 new high-definition CCTV cameras under a centrally-approved police modernisation scheme has not even taken off.

According to the additional director general of police (ADGP) (modernisation), SP Ved, the agency engaged for the project has “gone outside the state.”

Ved said that the cameras would be installed “as soon as normalcy returns.”

“To install the cameras, we need to erect poles, and for these we need electric points,” Ved told the CNS. “It is a cumbersome job, but we are working on it.”

“The DIG for central Kashmir has already submitted a report on electric poles, and as soon as normalcy returns, the cameras will be installed,” he said.

When contacted, the minister of state for home, Sajjad Ahmad Kitchloo said that he would like to know the cause of delay.

“I will talk to the ADG Modernization and DIG Central Kashmir,” the minister said. “These cameras should have been already installed.”  

Kitchloo said that he would issue instructions for installed CCTV cameras to be repaired if any were not functioning.  CNS


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