Post the horrific gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in December last year, the sense of insecurity among Delhiites has reached such an extent that other civic problems have taken a backseat.
A number of registered Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) have demanded installation of Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) in their colonies.
Under the 'My Delhi I Care Fund', which was created in 11 districts to enable citizens to participate in the upkeep and protection of their own localities through partnership with the government, the RWAs have sent applications for the same.
Officials said while earlier the fund was being utilised by RWAs to carry out civic works such as filling potholes, repairing streetlights, upkeep of parks, tree plantation among others, after the gang rape, they have received approximately 20 applications from each district regarding CCTV cameras.
"We have received a number of applications from various districts, wherein RWAs have requested us to use the fund for installing CCTV cameras. However, we have not approved it yet as there are a number of issues that need to be taken care of, including maintenance of the cameras," said Dharam Pal, principal secretary (revenue). In the west district, 33 applications regarding CCTVs have been received in the past one year.
"There is a growing sense of insecurity among the residents. In all our meetings wherein we consulted other residents regarding how the fund should be utilised, they all suggested putting closed circuit cameras in place to increase the level of security. Women, too, feel that it will act as a deterrent," said KK Pathak, general secretary of the Federation of Welfare Association, Tagore Garden.
"We want a long-term solution to make our area safe which is why we applied for this. Also, a camera is more of a deterrent as images get recorded and one can use it to track down the culprit," he added.
Under the 'My Delhi I Care' head, each district has a budget of R5 crore, which can be spent on developmental works. While installing CCTV cameras is not part of the 'My Delhi, I Care' scheme, if permission from the revenue secretary is provided those can be installed.