4 months on, CCTV cameras in Patiala yet to be functional

  • Amandeep Dixit, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Jan 15, 2016 12:45 IST

Four months after Rs10 lakh fund was sanctioned for the installation of the close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the city, the installed devices are yet to be functional.

The police had taken the initiative to curb the crime in the city and trace the criminals through CCTV cameras. Such cameras have been installed at specific points, including Leela Bhawan, Civil Lines light point and the bus stand, but these are still non-functional.

The grant of Rs10 lakh for CCTV cameras had been sanctioned from Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund by local MP Dharamvira Gandhi.

While justifying the delay, superintendent of police (SP) Daljeet Singh Rana said the cameras were non-functional yet as some technical work was pending.

Stating that CCTV cameras would be functional soon, he added that it had been decided that wirings of the cameras be laid underground so that it could not get damaged.

The SP said the cameras had been installed, but the wiring work was under process. The cameras would be functional as soon as the wiring got completed.

He said with the help of CCTV cameras, the police would be able to trace criminals and traffic violators to initiate the action against them. This would help reduce the crime in the city, he added.

Deputy commissioner (DC) Varun Roojam said the CCTV cameras would ensure the safety of the local residents. He said initially, the main entry and exit points of the city had been covered. Now other major points of the city were being identified where cameras would be installed soon, he added.

The DC said they were also taking the assistance of market committees in the city and asked them to instal CCTV cameras outside their shops that could cover the lane. He said by doing so, the entire road lane could be covered by CCTV while the administration focused on the light points and roundabouts.

It has been learnt that only the cameras installed at Khanda Chowk near Gurdwara Dukhniwaran were functional.

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