With anti-social elements having a free run in Patiala, the district administration is planning to bring the city roads under close-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance.
To implement the project, a high-level committee of three officials, including the superintendent of police (city) and the deputy superintendent of police (investigation), has been formed. The committee will identify spots for installation of CCTV cameras.
GANDHI ALLOCATES Rs10 LAKH FROM MPLAD FUND
On the request of the district administration, Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi has allocated `10 lakh from his Member of Parliament Local Area Development ((MPLAD) fund.
Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said the installation of camera would help ensure security of the local residents, besides helping the police in strictly keeping check on incidents of robbery, snatching, molestation, hooliganism and other petty criminal activities.
He added that the high-definition cameras would be installed at all entry and exit points of the city, major chowks, commercial areas and busy markets across the city.
“Though the cameras would be operated in offline mode, footage will be recorded round-the-clock, which would help the police collect vital clues in case of any of criminal activity,” Roojam said.
The DC said the administration had made a rough draft for the implementation of the project, but the committee would identify key spots for installation of cameras from security point of view.
Meanwhile, presiding over a meeting of the vigilance and monitoring committee on Tuesday, Dharamvira Gandhi said the MPLAD grant had been released for the project, as it would help in maintaining law and order in the city.
“Talks have been initiated with some companies for purchase of the best CCTV cameras available in the market”, Gandhi said.
Meanwhile, Gandhi has sought a report within 15 days from officials of various departments on the progress of MPLAD-funded developmental projects in Patiala. The officials have been directed to complete the respective projects within the stipulated time frame, he said.
The Patiala MP also discussed the modalities to launch various welfare schemes in Marori village in the district, adopted by him under the central government’s ‘Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY)’.