Manisha Jha

To strengthen security due to threat perceptions

49 TVs to be installed by June next year

Emphasis on procuring the latest equipment

NEW DELHI: To strengthen security in the wake of new threat perceptions, the New Delhi Municipal Council has decided to install nearly 50 closed-circuit television cameras at four select locations in the heart of the Capital.

A proposal to install the Internet protocol-based CCTV cameras was cleared at a meeting of the civic body on Wednesday. A total of 49 CCTVs would be installed by June next year at Palika Kendra, Palika Parking, Central Park and Palika Bazar.

These CCTVs will provide a real-time monitoring system which can be viewed by the authorities concerned anywhere through the Internet. Emphasis is also being laid on procuring the latest version of all equipments to avoid up-gradation problems over the next three years.

NDMC Chief Security Officer Bhola Thakur said: “This move has been planned keeping in view the new threat perceptions. It will help us to monitor those entering, exiting and walking around in these areas. It will also ensure proper scrutiny because to the psychological factor of being watched.”

To check theft

According to Palika Bazar Market Association general secretary Dinesh Walia, they have been demanding installation of CCTVs for the past five years. “There have been many cases of theft in our market. The latest occurred about a month ago when goods worth over Rs.4 lakh were stolen. Being a sensitive zone, it has been our long-pending demand to get CCTVs installed at Palika Bazar in addition to metal-frame detectors already installed in the market,” he said.

“We have told the NDMC that our market requires much more than 23 CCTVs earmarked for our market. We are hoping to get around 46 CCTVs installed,” he added.

After a presentation made by CCTV companies in 2006, a committee was constituted by the NDMC to finalise specifications for issuance of open tenders in consultation with the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Communication), who is looking after installation of CCTV system in the police department.

Following this, a ground survey was carried out by the committee and the ACP this year and a final shape was given to the project.