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Security cameras at Taj Mahal defunct

Security at the world heritage monument is being questioned as the Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) installed on the Taj premises have been out of order for the last one month.

india Updated: Dec 22, 2010 13:36 IST

With a huge influx of visitors at the Taj Mahal these days, security arrangements need to be tight and upto the mark. But, security at the world heritage monument is being questioned as the Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) installed on the Taj premises have been out of order for the last one month.

To make matters worse, the district administration and the Agra Development Authority (ADA) do not even know who would take responsibility to get the problem solved. It is pertinent to mention here that the CCTV cameras are not working due to a virus attack in the software of the control room’s computer server, which connects all the CCTV cameras installed on the Taj Mahal premises.

In this regard, DIG of Agra, Antony Dev Kumar sent a letter to DM Amrit Abhijat and a copy to the vice chairperson of ADA, Tanveer Zafar Ali. In his letter, the DIG mentioned that it was expected that the ADA would carryout all the maintenance works of CCTV cameras as decided in a review meeting presided by Additional Director General of Police (ADG, security), UP, on June 17, 2010.

Besides, he also said the DM must coordinate with the ADA VC and sort out the matter of restoring the computer server as soon as possible.

Circle officer (Taj security) Aseem Chaudhary admitted that the CCTV cameras were not working for the past many days and a complaint had been made to the district authorities.

On the issue, ADA VC Tanveer Zafar Ali said earlier," the ADA had been assigned the work of installation of computer server and CCTV cameras in the Taj and later an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) had been singed with the Taj security authorities, which was valid up to March, 2010." "However, it’s a matter of our city’s pride and so we will talk to the administration to sort out the problem as soon as possible" he added.