Keltron will implement project with JNNURM, KSUDP help

: The Kerala police will install high resolution infrared camera systems in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, and Kozhikode cities to ensure the safety of the travelling public, chiefly women, in badly lit urban localities after dark.

The Keltron will implement the project, to be partly funded by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP).

The “special purpose” cameras will have motion sensors and enhanced night vision capabilities.

They will augment the existing camera surveillance network of the State police. It will be monitored from central police control rooms in the three cities, S.P. Gopakumar, project manager, Keltron, said.

In the capital, the new camera system, in its initial phase, will cover East Fort, Attakulangara, Manacaud, Thampanoor, Ayurveda College, Statue, LMS, PMG, Pattom, Kesavadasapuram, Ulloor and Medical College localities.

The Medical College campus, which is frequented by patients and their helpers, including women, during all hours will be brought entirely under surveillance camera cover.

A senior police official said the new camera system would help instil a sense of security among commuters and daunt petty criminals.

The majority of cases relating to harassment of women in public places were registered under the head “outraging the modesty of women”. According to the State police, as many as 3,735 “molestation” cases were registered in 2012.

The figure till August 2013 was 2,963.

However, only a fraction of such offences were often reported to the police.

  • Cameras will have motion sensors

  • It will monitored from police control rooms