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PWD sets up internal inquiry into delay in installing CCTVs at HC

With absence of CCTVs at the high court cited as one of the major lacunae in the security system and government receiving severe flak for it, an internal inquiry was ordered today by the Public Works Department (PWD) into the delay in installation of these cameras.

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2011 21:17 IST

With absence of CCTVs at the high court cited as one of the major lacunae in the security system and government receiving severe flak for it, an internal inquiry was ordered on Friday by the Public Works Department (PWD) into the delay in installation of these cameras.

"We have ordered an internal inquiry into the delays. Based on the findings of the probe, action would follow," top sources told PTI.

PWD was asked to install CCTV cameras in various points in the high court complex three years ago but due to procedural delays, the project did not take off.

The lack of surveillance devices near the reception counter, where the blast had taken place on Wednesday, has left the investigators virtually with no clue about the case.

The demand for installation of CCTVs was heightened after a low-intensity blast three months ago at the same place with lawyers and other at the Court seeking basic security apparatus, including the cameras to be in place.

Meanwhile, bypassing PWD, Delhi high court Chief Justice Dipak Misra, after a high-level meeting on Thursday, decided to hand over the project to install 49 cameras to the Electronics Corporation of India (ECIL).

Addressing a press conference on Friday, home minister P Chidambaram also cited the absence of CCTV cameras in the high court complex and said "risk-averse" PWD could not implement the project due to procedural wranglings.

When contacted, a senior official of PWD said the project, initially estimated at Rs 66 lakh, got delayed as Delhi Police kept changing the specifications for the cameras.