The Delhi Police have decided to install closed-circuit TV cameras in some parts of Old Delhi. The cameras will be installed in areas such as Jama Masjid, Kamla Market, Tank Road and Nabi Qarim by the end of the year.
“We have been pushing for CCTV surveillance since the firing and blast outside the Jama Masjid before the Commonwealth Games. The project has now reached the final stage,” a senior police officer of the central district said.
The project, to be implemented by the Electronics Corporation of India, will cost R360 crore. “The project has been divided into phases. Two phases — the pilot and phase I — have been completed. We are now pushing for phase II which has two parts. In phase IIA, 28 markets and 10 border areas will be covered. This includes old Delhi,” the officer added.
In phase I, Delhi Police installed cameras at 25 markets including South Extension, Karol Bagh, Rajendra Place, Dariaganj, Hauz Khas, Green Park, Saket and sensitive areas such as India Gate and Jantar Mantar. Phase IIB will cover six markets. The cost of phase II is Rs 90 crore.
Ten cameras will be installed in the Jama Masjid area, 14 in Nabi Qarim and 31 on Tank Road. The markets where cameras will be installed in phase II are Azadpur, Model Town, Netaji Subhash Place, Bhagirath Place and Bhogal. The DND highway will also be covered in this phase.
Maharjpur, Dilshad Garden, Badarpur and Sindhu borders have already been covered in Phase I.
“CCTV cameras are necessary equipment in modern day policing. We are also in touch with resident welfare associations so that CCTVs can be installed in residential areas too,” the officer further said.