The Ghaziabad police and the traffic police have identified nearly 160 locations across the city where high resolution CCTV cameras can be installed under the smart city surveillance system project.
The locations also include nearly 50 points recommended under the intelligent traffic management system (ITMS) project. This project covers 12 cities in the state, Ghaziabad being one of them.
“The CCTV cameras will be of high resolution. Some of these cameras will have night vision and will be able to rotate 360 degrees. The proposal will be placed before the commissioner (Meerut) and will be sent to the state officials thereafter. The state government plans to implement the system in the next couple of months,” said Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (traffic).
Some of the proposed locations are Vasundhara crossing, the DPS exit, the Nandgram exit over NH-58, UP Gate near Delhi, the Vaishali exit, Bikaner crossing over Link Road, Surya Nagar, Hapur Chungi, Hapur crossing and the Hindon barrage exit.
The cameras proposed by the civil police will help keep a check on crime. The 160 locations are proposed under the smart city surveillance system project.
“The cameras will help us keep an eye on major roads and residential areas that are crime prone. The cameras will help pinpoint any suspicious activity and also track the routes used by suspected criminals,” said Salman Taj, superintendent of police, Ghaziabad.
The police have proposed cameras at Raj Nagar Extension crossing, Ghanta Ghar, Lal Kuan, UP Gate, Samrat Chowk, Dasna railway flyover, Karan Gate, Surya Nagar, Kala Patthar, Shipra Mall underpass, Shopprix mall, Aditya mall crossing, Gaur Green City and Windsor Park crossing, among other locations.
Presently, the city has nearly 140 CCTV cameras but they are non-functional for over a year due to non-payment of charges to a private agency that was awarded their maintenance. Moreover, they are not high resolution cameras.