5,000 CCTVs, 6 drones to keep watch over Lucknow

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2015 12:38 IST

From January 1, the city police department will concentrate on six core issues better electronic surveillance, continuous aerial vigil, improving public-police network, setting up a modern traffic control room, curb crime on streets by 30% and rigorous use of scientific investigation methods for quicker results.

“Our first and foremost aim is to make Lucknow safer. We will install at least 5,000 CCTVs cameras at all strategic points across the city within the next six months,” SSP Yashasvi Yadav told mediapersons on the New Year’s Eve. He said the closed circuit television cameras would be linked to the recently launched modern control room for improving electronic surveillance across the city.

The SSP informed the state government had already given a go-ahead for the purchase of six hi-tech drone cameras. The drone cameras, which would cost Rs. 6 lakh each, could fly up to 600 metres in one-kilometre radius and would help to keep regular aerial vigilance.

“We are hoping to reduce street crime by 30% through rigorous vigilance vide these drones and CCTV cameras,” he emphasised, adding: “We have also relaunched the Special Police Officer scheme whereby local links of the police would be strengthened to curb crime and control situation during communal violence.”

He said the city police would also focus on using scientific methods of investigation for better conviction rate.

To improve traffic management, the city police would establish a modern traffic control room that would help check and zero in on violators through high-resolution automatic number plate recognition (APNR) cameras.

“The process of fining violators would also be made more transparent and systematic,” the SSP said.

“Initially, at least 280 highresolution cameras would be installed at different crossing across the city and its trial would start from January 26. The direct feed (video recording) of these cameras would be sent to the traffic control room to streamline vehicular movement,” Yadav added.

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