PWD blamed for failing to install CCTVs in HC
A Delhi government inquiry conducted after the High Court blast has blamed the Public Works Department (PWD) for its failure to install closed circuit television cameras (CCTV), which proved a security lacunae of the court.delhi Updated: Oct 12, 2011 00:30 IST
A Delhi government inquiry conducted after the High Court blast has blamed the Public Works Department (PWD) for its failure to install closed circuit television cameras (CCTV), which proved a security lacunae of the court.
The report, said senior Delhi government officials, has indicted two senior engineers for procedural lapses in calling tenders for installation of CCTVs in and around the court.
The absence of CCTVs was cited as one of the major lacunae in the security system and the government had ordered an internal probe after receiving severe flak for failing to install the cameras.
"The internal probe found lapses on part of the concerned engineers," top sources said, indicating that action will be taken against those found responsible. The report has been sent to the home ministry.
The demand for installation of CCTVs had been raised after a low-intensity bomb went off in the court complex on May 25. But even after that, PWD did not implement the project.
Admitting to lapses on the PWD's part, an official of the agency said, "The project got delayed as the Delhi Police kept changing specifications in the last couple of years." Retendering was also done following complaints about the make and number of the cameras, said another official.
The official also said there was a building and maintenance committee of the high court whose opinion had to be accommodated, which also led to the delay.
Fourteen persons were killed and 75 injured in the blast near high court's gate no. 5 on September 7. Following the blast, the then Delhi High Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra, had handed over the project to install 49 cameras to the Electronics Corporation of India. There were already 21 CCTV cameras in the court complex but there was none at the reception counter where the blast took place.
with inputs from PTI