Soon, 9,000 ‘eyes’ to keep watch over city

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Lucknow
  • Updated: Feb 07, 2015 14:43 IST

As part of police modernisation, the city police are going to install 9,000 cameras across the state capital, the largest so far to be installed in any city.

This CCTV installation under the City Surveillance Project would prove a boon in keeping criminals at bay. Besides, the saved clippings may provide major breakthrough in many cases that often meet a dead end.

“At a time when crime is on the rise and criminals are opting for hi-tech ways to commit crime, CCTV cameras would be a boon,” said senior superintendant of police (SSP) Yashasvi Yadav, while elaborating on the technically advanced project.

The project, to be completed at an estimated cost of around Rs. 44 crore, entails the installation of 9,000 cameras across the city. “It would cover the entire city. In areas like the Old City where the population density is more, more cameras will be installed. In the new city area, major crossings, stretches and some sensitive points would be covered,” said Yadav.

Giving wings to the dream project, city police are also roping in companies having expertise in video surveillance, like Mahindra Infotech.

What makes the project distinct from others is its feature to involve the public. “Yes, we have also involved commoners in this project. A common man can also get a personal CCTV camera (at his houses) linked with our control room. Thus this features maximises our reach and also enhances security of the people,” said Yadav.

So far, he said, around 3,000 cameras were installed and work was on to instal the remaining. “We have installed 3,000 cameras as well as boards to make people aware,” Yadav said.

While clarifying that at many points, cameras were missing while the boards bearing the tag line - Aap camera ki nazar mein hain - were intact, he said, “Since a camera can cover a good distance, we have installed around 8 to 9 boards at every point. Some places may have been left but we will cover all in the days to come.”.

He said the project was expected to get completed by March 2015.

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