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Delhi govt may set up central monitoring centre for CCTVs

NEW DELHI: With the ongoing installation of the CCTV cameras all over Delhi, the AAP-led government is also planning to make a centralised CCTV monitoring centre. Sources said that PWD department along with other departments will make the plan and present it to the Delhi Chief Minister.

The government is looking at the options of centralised monitoring, resolving the issue by helping the police and also to keep constant contact with the Delhi police.

"Right now the key focus is on the installation of the CCTV across the Delhi and the work in going on smoothly. But after the installation process is done we have to think on the matter of the monitoring of those CCTV cameras. The government is likely to plan a central monitoring system of the CCTV cameras," said an official.

The official added that with the help of the RWAs and the local MLAs the identification of the spots where the CCTVs will be installed is being worked out. In the monitoring process, the Delhi government will look out for the ideas and will make an action plan which is yet to be decided.

Earlier this month the proposal and tender for 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras has been passed. Survey for 70,000 cameras has been completed and now from June 8, the cameras are being installed in different parts of the city. The project is likely to be completed by December.

People who want to get a CCTV camera installed on their house's outside wall will have to give an "undertaking" to provide electricity for the functioning of the device. The government will give subsidy to such people on the power consumed by the CCTV camera, according to legislators of the ruling AAP in the national capital. As per the government's decision, 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed across the city under the project, which aims to ensure women safety in Delhi. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators, in their respective constituencies, are distributing a form titled "undertaking" to people.

The installation of CCTV cameras across the national capital was a flagship programme and a poll promise of the AAP in Delhi which got delayed as the Delhi L-G and the city government were not on the same page over the conditions for the cameras. The Delhi government had blamed the Centre for halting the project and holding up its file several times. The project to install the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras got the Delhi government's approval in August last year, three years after the cabinet gave in-principle approval to the project.

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