Ahead of the civic polls, scheduled to be held in mid-April, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) initiated the pending project to install close circuit cameras in primary schools for the safety and security of students.
Delhi BJP unit president Manoj Tiwari inaugurated the pilot project at a primary school in Yamuna Vihar on Friday. The EDMC made a budgetary provision of Rs2 (approx) crore to install the cameras at 15 schools.
He also laid foundation stone of a municipal primary school building in B Block, Yamuna Vihar, which will be built at a cost of Rs3.12 crore.
“Apart from providing education, ensuring security of school students is also the responsibility of the concerned school. The CCTV cameras will help in preventing any untoward incident,” Tiwari said, who financed the project under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development scheme.
“Considering we are undergoing severe cash crunch, it was difficult for us to spend the money. We shared the apprehension with Tiwari and he agreed to fund the project. We have already started the work and it is likely to complete in a month’s time,” said Sanjay Jain, leader of house, EDMC.
According to Jitender Chaudhary, standing committee chairman, the civic agency is committed to provide foolproof security to the students. “Installing of CCTV cameras will also help in keeping an eye on children as well as ensuring diffusion of qualitative education by the teachers. The step is in addition to the EDMC’s commitment to provide better infrastructure in schools,” he said.
All the 15 schools selected in phase I fall under the Shahdara North zone of the EDMC. Based on the success of project, the civic agency will arrange for installing CCTV cameras in other schools.
As per EDMC official, there is planning to constitute a monitoring team of EDMC officials at the headquarters to supervise the CCTV cameras from the control room at the Patparganj, in long term.
Besides, EDMC has also set up targets to provide ‘pucca’ building in all 365 schools during 2016-17. “Except for three school buildings where the construction is pending due to land dispute, we have achieved the target this year,” said a senior official from education department.