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CCTVs: Capital’s blind eyes

india Updated: Sep 09, 2011 00:45 IST
Subhendu Ray

One of the most glaring oversight in ensuring safety of Delhi High Court was that authorities did not install CCTVs. But even where the cameras have been installed, particularly in markets and busy areas which have been struck by terror attacks, security is not fool-proof. HT did a reality check and found that these areas were vulnerable due to poor surveillance or defunct cameras.

Sarojini Nagar

This middle-class shoppers’ destination had witnessed a major bomb blast in 2005. After the blast, Delhi Police installed 25 CCTV cameras across the market. “After their installation, we feel safe. But police deployment should be increased,” said Pramod Sharma, president, Sarojini Nagar Market Association.

When HT reached the monitoring cell in Sarojini Nagar police station, a lone lady constable was seen monitoring the footages.

Paharganj Market

One of the oldest and most congested markets in Delhi, Paharganj is the biggest hotel hub for foreign tourists. This market was rocked by a blast in 2005.

Since about a year, all CCTV cameras here are lying defunct. “We have been requesting authorities to make them functional but to no avail,” said Yogesh Kathuria, general secretary, Vyapar Maha Sangh, Paharganj. But police said the cameras will be made functional soon.

Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh

The highly congested market was rocked by a blast in 2008. It now has 66 CCTV cameras. With about 35 entry/exit points, it is not possible for police to physically secure the market.

“We ensure that all cameras work properly,” said a cop. But a visit to the monitoring centre revealed that only a constable was monitoring the footage.

M-Block Market, GK I

CCTV surveillance is equally bad in this market. It was rocked by a blast in 2008. This market has 25 CCTVs, two of which are defunct. A market committee member said that after Wednesday’s blast, police have tightened security in the market.

Qutub-Gurgaon metro line

This line has 10 Metro stations and continues to operate without CCTV cover.