If someone wants to plant a bomb in the busy Greater Kailash I market, chances are that he will not get caught, despite the presence of four closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras there.
“The police came early in the evening and took away the monitor, switcher and the recorder to study the footage of the blast. This will help them to identify the bomber,” said Rajender Sarda, President of Main Market Welfare Association Greater Kailash I.
This means that the entire market is now vulnerable to all types of security threats.
All the four cameras installed at the entry and exit gates of the market are keeping an eye on the activities of the people but none of it is getting recorded.
A senior police officer defended the move by saying, “Technology is only one aspect of the security system. We have ample manpower to monitor the area. The system will be back in a few days.”
There are 225 shops in the market and the four cameras are proving to be inadequate in meeting the demands of the entire market. The association would install four more cameras inside the market area. They will be movable and will keep an eye on the movement of the entire market place.
The four cameras were purchased at a cost of Rs 70,000 by the association. The traders pay an annual maintenance of Rs 15,000 for their maintenance.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police at a meeting held on Wednesday admitted that all the cameras operating in the city are not equipped with night vision devices.
Sanjay Bhargawa, general secretary of Vypaar Mandal, said the issue has been raised with the police.
As a short-term measure, Delhi Police have decided to improve street lighting in the city so that the cameras are able to capture images even at night. “The devices that have the facility of night vision are quite expensive and will need a long term investment. For the time being, we have decided to improve the streetlights,” said Neeraj Kumar, special commissioner of Delhi Police.