Around 14,000 police stations across the country would be linked through a cyber network to improve the connectivity and increase crime-fighting abilities.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the project on Friday. It would cost Rs 2,000 crore.
Under a previous plan, 2,760 police stations had already been connected through the cyber network.
“The project aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing at the police station level through adoption of e-governance, and creation of a nationwide networked infrastructure for an IT-enabled state-of-the-art tracking system for investigation of crime and detection of criminals in real time,” Home Minister P. Chidambaram said.
“This is a critical requirement in the context of the present day internal security scenario,” he added, after a meeting of
the Cabinet committee chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) project would be initiated by the home ministry and implemented by the National Crime Records Bureau, the minister added.
The Cabinet also approved acquisition of aircraft for disaster management support.
“The availability of the dedicated aircraft would enhance the capability in the country for undertaking real-time as well as systematic scientific aerial survey operations in support of disaster management,” an official statement said.
The Cabinet also approved the transfer of defence land to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for construction of the Central Secretariat-Badarpur line. It would be completed before the Commonwealth Games in 2010.