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4 years on, SAS Nagar still awaits CCTV project

Even as four years have been passed that the SAS Nagar police had proposed to install CCTV cameras in the district to keep a tab on the incidents of thefts, burglary and traffic violations, the project is still hanging fire as Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is yet to approve the proposal.

punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2014 11:57 IST
Amandeep Dixit

Even as four years have been passed that the SAS Nagar police had proposed to install CCTV cameras in the district to keep a tab on the incidents of thefts, burglary and traffic violations, the project is still hanging fire as Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is yet to approve the proposal.

The local police had identified nearly 18 points in the district where security cameras were to be installed and the proposal was also sent to GMADA in 2010 for approval.

The cost of installing the cameras had been calculated around Rs 1.5 crore, which according to police officials was funded by GMADA.

Superintendent of police (SP) Swarndeep Singh said the proposal was still in the pipeline and waiting for approval from GMADA.

According to the proposal, nearly 35 CCTV cameras were to be installed at 18 designated points at strategic entry-exit roads to and from SAS Nagar and all these cameras were to be linked with the main police control room located in Phase 8.

According to sources, in the police department the proposal of installing these cameras was seen as a major step towards security revamp. The police had recently directed banks to install high resolution security cameras at all their ATM centres.

The police have also directed the head offices of all banks to inform the police station concerned while transferring cash from the bank to avoid robbery incidents.

The SP said: “We have directed banks to install high resolution cameras at their ATMs as we didn’t get any clue from the CCTV footage of Reliance Fresh Store in SAS Nagar after a robbery there due to lack of clarity.”

The police had also directed the bank authorities to check their security systems and ensure deployment of guards.

Swarndeep said police were making all possible efforts to get any clue regarding the untraced robbery incidents taken place in the district as CCTV footage could give them vital clue against criminals.

The SP said police parties had been constituted to make random checks near banks and verify suspicion.