With the inauguration of project to install close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on Thursday, Ludhiana has become the first city in northern India to be covered under the 'Safe City Project'.
A total of 1,200 CCTV cameras will be installed in the city in different phases. In first phase, the police will cover 25 points of the city, including entry and exit points.
Commissioner of police Paramraj Singh Umranangal said, "The CCTV cameras will be helpful for police to monitor the city. The first phase of the project will be completed in the next 10 months with the help of district administration and municipal corporation."
Inspector general (IG) intelligence (former police commissioner of Ludhiana) Pramod Ban, commissioner of police Paramraj Singh Umranangal, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Dr Narinder Bhargav, MC commissioner GK Singh Dhaliwal and ADC Kuldeep Singh Vaid jointly inaugurated the project and participated in Bhumi Pujan on Ferozepur Road.
Umranangal said, "The safe city project will help improve traffic management, monitor suspicious people, monitor selected vital installations, public places for keeping eye on regular activities and for disaster management support and it will also help police in maintaining law and order situation in city."
Pramod Ban, IG Intelligence, with whose efforts the project was sanctioned, said, "The CCTVs will also act as an aid to investigation, attain faster turnaround time for crime resolution and proper investigation, help in detecting, thus deterring anti-social activities in the city known as Manchester of India."
He said the safe city project was the dream project of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal who first decided to launch the project in Ludhiana covering the population of 40 lakh.
Commissioner of police said, "Initially, the cameras will be installed at 25 points and more cameras will be installed at every point of the city in the next phase. Once the cameras are functional, deputy CM will inaugurate the project."
DCP Narinder Bhargav said, "The direct control of the cameras will be connected to police control room (PCR) and the sub control will be established in the offices of ADCP, ACP rank officials."