Six arterial roads favoured by criminals while making a dash for the borders after committing crimes in Delhi may soon turn into the city's safest spots. The police have identified these corridors and are in the process of installing some 600 CCTV cameras along these stretches, and hope to have them under complete surveillance in the next few weeks. Around 120 cameras have already been installed.
The six stretches - all in southeast Delhi - are the BRT Corridor (from Hotel Oberoi to Devli Khanpur), Mathura Road (from Nila Gumbad to the Badarpur border), Ring Road (from Moolchand to Millenium Depot), Outer Ring Road (from Chirag Dilli to New Friends Colony), the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road (from Mehrauli-Devli T-Point to Kalandi Kunj border) and Guru Ravidas Marg to Ma Anandmayee Marg near the Govindpuri Metro Station. The corridors have been coded Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Eco and Foxtrot, respectively.
The cameras will be installed on both sides of these roads under the public-private partnership model. According to a Delhi Police study, in 80% of the cases criminals take these roads to flee to safer havens in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Most of these street criminals are involved in robbery, molestation and eve-teasing incidents in posh areas like Greater Kailash, New Friends Colony, Lajpat Nagar and Kalkaji. As per the latest data, at least eight street crimes are reported everyday in areas falling under the territorial jurisdiction of the southeast Delhi Police.
Among additional steps taken to make these roads safer, the police have also started night patrols wherein a mobile team, led by a sub-inspector in a police van, conducts random checks on private vehicles, cabs, and trucks.
"The study results have helped us narrow down our efforts in increasing electronic and physical surveillance on six important roads which the criminals often use to cross Delhi-UP and Delhi-Haryana borders. Around 120 CCTV cameras have already been installed along the entire stretch of the Mathura Road. Other five corridors will have around 100 CCTVs each. We are executing this project with the help of private hospitals, shopkeepers and others institutions who are helping us with funds," said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP (southeast). He said the project would also help control rising cases of hit-and-run, carjacking and highway robberies.
Asked about jurisdictional disputes among police teams of Delhi, Haryana and UP, Randhawa said the launch of Zero-FIR policy was helping solve the issue. "By installing CCTV cameras on roads connecting border points, we will also be helping our counterparts in adjoining states… This will strengthen our coordination," he said.