The network of nearly 1,321 close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in trans-Gomti areas and at least a dozen modern police booths for monitoring was inaugurated by director general of police (DGP) AK Jain at a function held at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan here on Wednesday.
These CCTV cameras are installed at strategic locations and markets of 12 police stations under trans-Gomti police. However, around 4,000 CCTV cameras are already installed across the city, including old city areas, Hazratganj, Cantt, Alambagh, Krishnanagar and newly developed colonies.
Appreciating the city police initiative, the DGP said it would increase social discipline among people and gradually make the city safer. It would also help increase faith in the police.
“We are gradually increasing the network of CCTV cameras and our target is to cover each nook and corner of Lucknow to make the city safer. The CCTV network developed in transGomti areas has already started showing its result, as the crime graph has gone down drastically,” said SSP Yashasvi Yadav.
The SSP said the project was named as ‘Nazar- Ek Umeend’ in which the police had roped in businessmen, corporate houses, hospital managements and petrol pump owners to install cameras in front of their establishments.
Yadav said the police planned to install more cameras through this initiative to put anti-social elements under psychological pressure that they were continuously under electronic surveillance. He said round the clock electronic surveillance with the help of these cameras would help cops remain ahead of criminals.
Dinesh Yadav, additional superintendent of police (transGomti) said the cameras would help in curbing street crimes like loot, snatching, vehicle lifting, thefts and eve-teasing. He said the feedback was being collected at modern police booths or outposts specially set up for electronic surveillance. He said the feeds were also helping the cops maintain smooth traffic flow on congestion points.
Many other prominent persons including retired DG BL Yadav, IG (Lucknow zone), Zaki Ahmad, DIG (Lucknow Range) RK Chaturvedi and district magistrate Raj Shekhar were present during the programme and appreciated the initiative.