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RWAs: If we can install CCTVs in colonies, why can’t the govt?

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2011 01:00 IST
Shaswati Das

The blast outside the Delhi High Court was just a trailer of the numerous security threats Delhiites face daily.

While Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) have expressed horror at the lackadaisical attitude of the state, they have made sure that the interiors of their colonies are manned by close circuit television cameras (CCTV).

"GK has a very strong CCTV system. Just a few days ago, several cases of car rear-view mirror thefts were being reported. When we checked our CCTV footage, we noticed that a man would loiter around cars, pretending to clean them. Soon, this man was nabbed," said Rajiv Kakria, member of the Greater Kailash RWA.

CCTVs have not just found their way to independent bungalows in areas like Golf Links and GK, but to cluster housing complexes as well. In all colonies of IP extension, there is a camera at the entry, exit, in the children's park and parking lot.

"We have spent Rs2.5 lakh on the entire system and it has been a great success. If residents can do it, why can’t the government? They merely inflate the prices of these systems. They just need to take the right initiative," added Kakria.

Other RWAs across the city too have asserted that this system is one of the most effective ways of keeping track of the goings-on in surrounding areas.

"Most colonies have a free entry and exit of hawkers, rickshaw-pullers and other workers. So the owner can keep a watch through his laptop while on the move," says Monu Chaddha, president of the Jungpura RWA, where almost 45% of the houses are CCTV-enabled.