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Delhi govt's CCTV project to restart soon

NEW DELHI: Delhi Government's ambitious project of installing 1.4 lac CCTV cameras across Delhi, i.e. 2,000 cameras per constituency will resume and the entire exercise deadlines will be completed by Dec 2019. The work was halted due to Model Code of Conduct of Lok Sabha elections. This was one of the important poll promises of AAP.

300 CCTV cameras have been installed in some select areas to check if the specifications and peformance match the requirements. The spots have been selected according to suggestions received from residents. It was in November last year that all departmental approvals were given for the Rs 571 crore project. The cameras are being installed according to the standard operating procedure worked out by the AAP government.

The areas where these cameras are on trial include B K Dutt Colony; P&T Colony on Atul Grove Road near Mandi House; Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Phase I; Old Gole Market; P&T Colony, Sarojini Nagar; Old Sarojini Nagar; and Rani Bagh Market besides others. The PWD will for some time review these cameras for their effectiveness and check their feed storage capacity, quality of feed, etc.

When implementation of the scheme is complete, 1.4 lakh cameras –2,000 in each of the 70 assembly constituencies –would have been installed. The recordings will be accessible to RWAs, police and government. Residents have reacted positively to the move. At P&T Colony on Atul Grove Road, 15 cameras have been installed for the benefit of 400 people living in about 125 houses.

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