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Every housing society should install CCTV camera facing the road, says Ashay Sawalkar

Sawalkar initiated the idea of ‘third eye’, a project to install one lakh closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras across the city in residential housing societies and private establishments through geotagging.

pune Updated: May 17, 2019 16:56 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Ashay Sawalkar, member of the core committee of Baner Balewadi Pashan Residents Association(Milind Saurkar/HT Photo)

Ashay Sawalkar is a member of the core committee of Baner Balewadi Pashan Residents’ Association, which initiated the idea of ‘third eye’, a project to install one lakh closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras across the city in residential housing societies and private establishments through geo-tagging.

Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media platforms. He speaks about the new initiative and how it was endorsed by K Venkatesham, commissioner of Pune.

Where did you get the idea of installing CCTV cameras through geotagging?

The safety of women and children is a major concern. Also, the recent incidents of robberies in the areas has raised questions about the safety of residents. Sanjeev Singh, Nitin Metkar and Umang Agarwal, members of Baner Balewadi Pashan Residents Association initiated the idea of installing CCTV cameras through geotagging.

This will help improve the safety and security of residents. We plan to conduct a survey to identify the spots where the CCTV cameras should be installed.

How did you convince the commissioner to be part of the movement?

The members of Baner Balewadi Pashan Residents Association had organised a voters’ registration drive on social media during the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

These initiatives caught the Pune commissioner’s attention on the social media and he appreciated us. It was then that we approached the Pune commissioner with the idea of ‘third eye.’

How will the initiative work in the city?

The idea of the third eye is logical. The project simply wants every housing society to install CCTV camera facing towards the road passing in front the housing society. The police will keep a tab on the footage by geotagging them on a special app developed by them. So whenever incidents of robbing or any other crime are reported the police will first check the footage of the CCTV cameras.

Who will pay for the CCTV?

The cost of an average camera unit is at least ₹15,000. We also have corporators who have pledged their support for the initiative.

What is geotagging and how will it work?

Geotagging is a geographical tagging of CCTV cameras on a special app developed by a police team and the offline link is already shared by Bhaskar Jadhav, senior police inspector of Chaturshrungi police station and has been circulated on the app store. Our association member Sanjeev Singh will be following it up.

First Published: May 17, 2019 16:55 IST