The close circuit television (CCTV) cameras, installed at all entry and exit points of the city for security and keeping a tab on the traffic entering and exiting the city, have been lying non-operational for the past one year.
A reality check by the Hindustan Times revealed that the cameras installed on the Barnala, Goniana, Mansa, Dabwali, Bibiwala, Badal and Malout roads were not working.
The kiosks set up on these roads for computer machines and operators were lying closed.
These cameras were supposed to be attached with these computers at check posts to keep a vigil on the movement of vehicles.
A police constable said that only cameras were in place, but these are not connected to any link. The CCTV camera installed on the Badal road, leading to the village of Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, has broken wires hanging from the pole, and not working.
A police officer said, on the condition of anonymity, that the scheme was very good from the security point of view, but the state home ministry has not been providing sufficient funds to update the equipment.
He said, “With these cameras, the police can keep an eye on every person and vehicle, besides helping nab the suspected fleeing criminals. They can help a lot to keep a check on the crime in the area.”
Superintendent of police (city) Des Raj admitted that the cameras are not working as they were of low quality and failed to serve the purpose.
“We had sent a fresh proposal to the government demanding high definition (HD) and strong zoom capacity cameras to be installed at these points,” he added.