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Updated: March 14, 2013 00:07 IST

21 days later, 81 cameras still on sleep mode

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CCTV cameras installed at the Charminar in Hyderabad. -- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL
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CCTV cameras installed at the Charminar in Hyderabad. -- PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Twenty-one days after the Dilsukhnagar terror attack, 81 out of the 350 cameras installed by the City Police in different junctions are still not working.

Attempts are on to revive them at the earliest by coordinating with other government agencies like Roads and Buildings and BSNL, a police officer said. “These cameras are supposed to be multi-purpose and not meant for monitoring the traffic movement and drivers violating the rules,” he pointed out.

3,000 cameras

Though the government announced that it would install over 3,000 surveillance cameras at public places in the State capital after the twin blasts, not a single new camera has been installed so far.

Sanction of funds, government procedures and technicalities would mean it would take some more days for the proposed plan to materialise, officials said.

However, the police are persuading private persons owning shops, complexes and malls on trunk routes and commercial localities to install the secret cameras for a better surveillance and improved security network.

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Cameras are not ornamental pieces. Sincere efforts must be taken to install more cameras and make them really work and serve the purpose.

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