The 122 CCTV cameras installed by Noida police at 41 intersections in the city have been out of order for the last 10 months.
Recently, when the official vehicle of ITBP’s inspector general (IG) Anand Swaroop was stolen from outside his Sector 23 residence on January 20, investigators thought they would be able to trace the blue-beacon car with the help of the various CCTV cameras installed in the city. However, senior police officials were taken aback on finding out that all these cameras have been out of order since April last year.
Gautam Budh Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP), Kiran Sivakumar, said that the Noida police had written to the district administration and Noida authority about a month ago to resolve the issue at the earliest, but nothing has been done till now.
“We have asked the Noida authority to repair all the CCTV cameras installed under its city surveillance plan. The maintenance of the CCTV cameras that were installed by the police will be transferred to the company that is installing them under the plan,” Sivakumar said.
He added that the police was also in touch with senior authority officials to expedite the matter.
In 2011, as many as 122 CCTVs were installed at 41 crossings on a budget of Rs. 6.70 crore and a control room with 10 LED screens was set up at SSP’s office at Sector 14 A for surveillance. The company that installed the cameras had carried out maintenance for three years as per the agreement. However, due to lack of maintenance after those three years, all cameras have been left non-functional.
“All CCTV cameras installed are lying dysfunctional. Some were damaged due to rain while many were stolen by thieves,” said a traffic police official.
The cameras had been installed at the intersections to also check traffic violations like jumping of red lights, but the cameras were unable to read the number plates of vehicles and could not help in challaning the offenders, the official added.
Dharmendar Chauhan, in-charge, police control room, said that the office of the director general of police (DGP) had approved an estimated Rs. 1.5 crore for annual maintenance contract of the CCTV surveillance system around four months ago. However, it is still stuck with the state’s home department for final sanction, he added.