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CCTV cameras across city to help police rein in crime

Tarsem Singh Deogan, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, October 13, 2013
First Published: 20:57 IST(13/10/2013) | Last Updated: 21:02 IST(13/10/2013)

In a bid to keep a check on the law and order situation, the police, as part of the Safe City project, are planning to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at 102 major points across the city by February 2014.

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The state government plans to spend Rs. 77 crore on the project in Ludhiana and Amritsar.
In Ludhiana, the tendering process would conclude in December, following which work on the project will be kicked off in February 2014.

A high-level meeting in this regard was conducted by Punjab Police director general of police (DGP) Sumedh Singh Saini with various CCTV camera companies in Chandigarh a few days ago.

The CCTV cameras would operate on the 4G network, which is also likely to be introduced in the city in 2014. The first 102 points have been chosen as per the availability of 4G network in the city, and could be increased up to 150 points.

Besides high-end CCTV cameras, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) surveillance would also be installed on the main roads of the city.

ANPR is used to read vehicle registration plates, which would help police track vehicle movement in close to real time.

According to Punjab Police consultant Pritpal Singh, who is handling the project in Ludhiana, said the police department was planning to establish a unified control centre to keep a tab on the law and order situation through CCTVs.

He said CCTV cameras would be installed at major intersections of the city as per requirement, adding that crime and accident-prone areas would also be covered.

The CCTV cameras are expected to help the police keep a check on traffic violations, trace stolen vehicles, nab accused of hit-and-run cases and monitor the flow of traffic in the city.

"The city already has CCTV cameras at six entry points in the city, including Hambran road, Ferozepur road, Chandigarh road, Jalandhar Bypass, Sahnewal and Gill road," Pritpal Singh said.

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