Chandigarh – To bring crime-prone localities under third eye surveillance, Chandigarh Police is on their way to install CCTV cameras in colonies and the slums. The city already has around 14,000 CCTV cameras installed under Nigehbaan project, a project that the Director General of Police (DGP) Tajender Singh Luthra, started in the city. However following this initiative, the police will install 100 CCTV cameras at New Indira Colony in Manimajira at a cost of Rs 10 lakh. Police have earmarked these points in New Indira Colony after a survey. The department has also written to the administration to install cameras in other problematic areas like Bapu Dham Colony, Mauli Jagran, and Colony Number 4. This step has been taken to counter increasing instances of petty crime cases in the city. Officials told that few colonies and areas in eastern sectors are notorious for criminal activities in the city which requires CCTV surveillance to have a strict hand on troublemakers. “It is not possible for the department to deploy cops round the clock in each and every corner in these areas,’ officials added. The police have secured a nod for New Indira Colony, said Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP east) Satish Kumar. The Rs 10 lakh will come from the MP LAD fund of MP Kirron Kher. It was also learnt that the cameras being installed in the colonies and slums would be high resolution cameras with night vision facility. The DSP said a tender was floated and the project will soon be completed after considering all the requirements. The main motive is to bolster the monitoring of street crime and curb it. “The CCTV cameras will help us to identify trouble-makers. We had persuaded people to install CCTV cameras in their areas. Around 14,000 cameras were installed all over the city under the Nigehbaan scheme. Now, we have decided to install cameras in areas not covered,” said the DSP On the other hand, monitoring these CCTVs is a key challenge for the police. The city police need to work on a mechanism to ensure round the clock and monitoring of these cameras. At present, the footage of these cameras is retrieved only after a crime is reported. These cameras will have a storage capacity of having the footage for 15 days which can be retrieved only between this span of time. These cameras will not be equipped with DVRs, as they will have internal storage capacity like a pen drive; which will have a circle of around 15 days,’ said a police official. After covering major markets, residential areas and streets; the department has decided the next phase of the project to penetrate into more vulnerable places. Chandigarh Police recently commissioned a survey to identify places in the city where CCTV surveillance is required In a bid to keep a strict vigil on violators and miscreants in the city; Chandigarh Police has recently commissioned a survey to identify places in the city where close circuit television (CCTV) surveillance is required. The department will soon engage a consultancy firm as a state project management unit (SPMU) which will prepare an integrated road map for the city’s surveillance system. It was learnt that the entire surveillance system will be designed keeping in mind the existing infrastructure.The move is part of Chandigarh Police’s Nigehbaan Scheme, under which the force is planning to have CCTV surveillance in every nook and corner of the city. Also the scheme is in addition to a pending proposal for installing more than 600 high-definition CCTV cameras. The UT administration in 2015 conceptualized the project of intelligent traffic solutions’ for the city. The cameras would also be linked with intelligence servers and systems, which will further be linked with the National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRBs) database of vehicle owners.
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