Installation of 1.4L CCTV cameras across Delhi to start in 3 months: Govt
The CCTV project was one of the election promises of the Aam Aadmi Party in 2015 to ensure safety of women and children.Updated: Sep 02, 2018 00:06 IST
The Delhi government will start installing 1.4 lakh CCTVs cameras — 2,000 in each assembly constituency — within three months, principal secretary of the Public Works Department (PWD), Manoj Parida, said on Saturday.
Parida — who is heading a committee appointed by lieutenant governor (L-G) Anil Baijal to prepare a framework for the installation of CCTV cameras — said the committee had no objection over the government’s standard operating procedure (SOP) on installing CCTVs at residential and commercial places, except for areas neighbouring high security areas.
“Most of the formalities are complete. The order for the purchase of cameras is likely to be placed after the meeting of the work advisory board, scheduled to be held next week. Installation of cameras will begin in three months,” said Parida.
He also maintained there was no tussle between the L-G’s office and the government over the issue and the CCTV project will not be stopped.
The project had been a bone of contention between the government and the L-G’s office after Baijal formed the committee. The AAP government had strongly objected to the formation of the committee and had accused the L-G office of stalling the project.
When Baijal constituted the panel, Kejriwal, his cabinet colleagues and other AAP MLAs had marched to the L-G’s office, demanding that the panel be dissolved. In July, the chief minister had torn the draft report of the panel, which, he said, talked of taking permission from the police before installing the CCTV cameras.
Parida, who is also the additional chief secretary (home), said, “The panel formed by the L-G never acted as a barrier to the CCTV project. We were only concerned about control of data to avoid its misuse. The committee has received government’s SOP on the project and is looking into it. The process of installing CCTV cameras will continue as there is no blockage on part of the L-G on the matter.”
The government’s SOP had suggested that there should be a general body meeting of the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) in every locality in presence of the SHO and people from the company (which will set up the cameras) to decide where and how the CCTV cameras should be fixed. It said that the recordings should be given to the police, the government and RWAs for better monitoring.
Earlier this week, the Public Works Department (PWD) – the agency responsible for the execution of the project – passed a sanction order for the Rs 570-crore project.
In the run-up to the Delhi assembly elections in 2015, the AAP had vowed to install CCTV cameras across the city to ensure safety of women and children. This had become their key poll promise. On August 10 this year, the Delhi Cabinet had given its nod to the project. Recently, the L-G office had also clarified that any file pertaining to the matter was not pending with it.
“The party will fight general elections on all the seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Delhi. It hopes the CCTV project to begin before the elections so that it can take advantage of the project and make the initiative its poll plank,” an AAP functionary requesting anonymity said.