The much ambitious project of putting Karnal, the chief minister's city, under electronic surveillance to check criminal activities has been marred by the bureaucratic hurdles.
Sources in the police department said that the project proposal was sent to the state government by the Karnal municipal corporation (KMC) early this year for its final approval, but it had not been cleared as yet for unsaid reasons.
"In February this year, the KMC had passed a resolution to fund the project of installing close-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in the city. While passing the budget of `62 lakh, the local body had assured to provide more funds for the project as it was related to law and order," sources said.
However, sources told HT that the state authorities brought certain changes in the proposal and decided to go for high-end cameras keeping in mind the needs of the future.
"It was done to strandardise the CCTV installation protocol in other local bodies also," officials said.
Now, it is proposed to instal 126 cameras at 26 identified spots and the budget for the project is pegged at `5.10 crore, including cost of installation and its maintenance for one year by the third party.
It is proposed to install 26 moving cameras at each identified spot and 100 static cameras would be located at the strategic points.
"These cameras will be sensitive enough to capture images even of the registration number plates of moving vehicles. It is proposed that the main server will be at the district police headquarter and the superintendent of police would have a direct control over the facility," said an official.
Meanwhile, municipal commissioner Sumedha Kataria said that the local body expected the installation of CCTVs would be completed soon.
Aimed at checking crimes and providing an effective tool of deterrence against unsocial elements, the district police had forwarded the proposal to instal CCTV cameras at the sensitive spots.
Owing to shortage of funds with the local authorities, the local body, having a majority of members supporting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), came forward to finance the facility.
"Local police authorities had finalised 28 crucial points where these sophisticated cameras could be installed. Though the KMC sanctioned budget, the scheme meant for the CM's city is stuck in the bureaucratic hurdles. It is very unfortunate and reflective of the poor functioning of the state administrative machinery. The government should intervene and expedite administrative formalities," said a local municipal councillor.