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Periscope van a distant dream

The ambitious project of Delhi Police to give the Capital state-of-the-art surveillance before the Commonwealth Games is yet to get a green signal. The department wants to introduce country’s first high-tech periscope video surveillance van to Delhi, but has to wait.

delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2010 23:55 IST
Subhendu Ray

The ambitious project of Delhi Police to give the Capital state-of-the-art surveillance before the Commonwealth Games is yet to get a green signal. The department wants to introduce country’s first high-tech periscope video surveillance van to Delhi, but has to wait.

A two-year-old dream of the police force, it will only see reality if the state government sanctions a grant of Rs 70 lakh. The Provision and Logistics department would use this money to buy the van to monitor and record traffic situation, videograph security arrangements, suspicious movements of vehicles and individuals, among others.

“We aimed to buy a periscope video surveillance van before the Commonwealth Games for better traffic and security management during the Games. The government had agreed in principle to our demand initially but is yet to sanction the amount for the purchase,” said a senior officer of Delhi Police, on condition of anonymity.

“This will not only help in monitoring traffic situation during the Games, it will be very useful for security management as well. Where there is no camera and camera installation is not possible this vehicle can be stationed to capture footage,” said Ajay Chadha, Special CP (Traffic).

According to official sources, the Delhi Police’s Provision and Logistics department had invited bids for this last year, but did not get any response. The department again floated a tender recently and got one bidder, which quoted a price of about Rs 70 lakh.

However, the government is now dillydallying.

“We will purchase the van immediately after government allocates fund for it. We want to introduce this before the Commonwealth Games for better policing during the Games. The government has sent us some queries about the pricing as there is only one bidder for it. However, our technical wing has responded to the queries,” said M.S. Sandhu, Special Commissioner of Police (Provision and Logistics).

According to the plans of the cops the vehicle would move across Delhi especially the high-sensitive zones during the Games and video footage captured from all places would be redirected to the control room. The footage would then be analysed and kept for record.