After dilly-dallying for years, the city police have finally set the ball rolling to install 60 CCTV cameras at busy crossings and border areas to beef up security measures. The project, expected to cost around R15 crore, will help the city police keep a tighter vigil across the city, especially commercial areas such as malls and shopping centres.
According to officials, three types of modern sophisticated cameras would be installed at select points.
The areas that have been identified to install such cameras include the Sirhol toll plaza, Mehrauli border, Dundahera border, Bilaspur border, Shanker Chowk, Iffco chowk, Signature Towers, South City Chowk, Rajeev Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk, Kherki Daula toll plaza, Sadar Bazar, Sector 14 market, Mahavir Chowk, Atul Kataria Chowk, Sheetla Mata road, Sohna Adda, Sohna Chowk, Sector 4 and 7 Chowk, Gurgaon bus stand, Gurgaon railway station, Maharana Pratap Chowk, Pataudi Chowk, Sector 23, MG road, Sushant Lok, DLF Phase I, II, III, VI and V, Bristol Chowk, Faridabad road, Genpact Chowk, Sector 42/27 Chowk, Huda City Centre Metro station, Kanhai Chowk, Bakhtawar Chowk and Subhash Chowk.
"We will cover all major crossings and border areas in the city. Going by past experiences, CCTV footages have been a crucial piece of evidence in many criminal cases. Earlier, we had nabbed the accused in the Kherki Daula toll plaza attendant murder case with the help of a video grab," said a senior police official.
Police officials also believe that an active network of cameras in the city will also prove to be deterrent for criminals.
The matter to install the CCTVs in the city has been pending with the administration for years. The state government had sanctioned a budget for installation of cameras across the city in 2007.
In March 2011, the Haryana Police had even awarded the contract to a German company with a promise to complete work in six months. The deadline, however, was never met.
A private firm had also conducted a survey and advised the Gurgaon police to install about 200 hi-end CCTV cameras at spots such as malls, busy crossings and the Gurgaon Expressway.