Ludhiana police left red-faced as UPS of 4 CCTV cameras stolen
The much touted safe city project of Ludhiana suffers a major setback as the cameras installed for the project are continuously being targeted by thieves. Four cases of theft have been registered against unidentified persons in different areas of the city in the past 24 hours.punjab Updated: Mar 27, 2017 14:26 IST
The much touted safe city project of Ludhiana suffers a major setback as the cameras installed for the project are continuously being targeted by thieves. Four cases of theft have been registered against unidentified persons in different areas of the city in the past 24 hours.
The Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) of the CCTV cameras installed at Bharat Nagar chowk, Sarabha Nagar chowk, Ittan Vala chowk in Shimlapuri and Sunder Nagar in Daresi were stolen on Saturday, sending the police department in a tizzy.
The safe city project was launched by former deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on November 12 last year to keep a tab on the criminal acts in different parts of the city. However, the CCTVs that were supposed to trace criminals have now become a target of thieves.
- Launched with much fanfare by the previous Badal government last year, the safe city project costing crores of rupees has remained a non-starter.
- The Ludhiana police has not even installed all the 1,442 cameras and only 60% of them have yet been installed.
- The theft of these cameras has thus caused a major embarrassment to the police. The police has also not yet started making use of the functioning cameras as no traffic violators have been challaned so far.
- Also, there is no sign yet of advanced features such as automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and red light violation detection in the cameras already installed.
- Features such as detection of wrong vehicle direction, loitering and crowd formation in a defined area, trip wire detection for pedestrians crossing roads and unattended object detection are also awaited as the required software is yet to be installed.
Himachal Futuristic Communications Limited (HFCL) company that had installed the equipments for safe city project received information through sensors regarding tampering at four different locations, who further intimated the city police through e-mail.
Krishan Lal of Daresi police station who is investigating the case in his area said while CCTV cameras were intact, the main equipment operating them has been stolen. “An FIR has been lodged under section 379 (theft) against unidentified persons and search is on” said Lal.