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Sophisticated police outpost inaugurated

Commissioner of Police R. Sekar launching the CCTV facility at T. Nagar in Chennai on Saturday.

Commissioner of Police R. Sekar launching the CCTV facility at T. Nagar in Chennai on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Special arrangement

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Commissioner of Police R. Sekar on Saturday inaugurated a sophisticated police outpost on Usman Road. It is equipped to receive footage from 15 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras placed at various points in T. Nagar. The system is a part of the security arrangements for the upcoming festival season. The advanced CCTV facility will be installed at Evening Bazaar and Mylapore on Friday, Mr. Sekar said.

He said 800-900 personnel, accompanied by Home Guards, Friends of Police and members of voluntary organisations, had been deployed in and around the shopping area to ensure public safety. The outpost, situated at the Ranganathan Street-Usman Road junction, features a wireless system and a public announcement system, besides a 32-inch television displaying CCTV footage from the 15 monitored locations. The facility is one-of-its-kind: the footage can be simultaneously viewed at the offices of the Deputy and Assistant Commissioners of T. Nagar, police sources said.

Speaking to reporters after the inauguration, Mr. Sekar said the CCTV monitoring system was the biggest and most sophisticated, covering major areas.

“The system has been installed to primarily provide extra protection to people coming here and to check on crime, law and order and vehicular movement in the area.”

The CCTV surveillance, he said, was a temporary arrangement, but there was the possibility of it being made a permanent feature in some key locations in T. Nagar.

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