Delhi PWD floats tender for 1.4 lakh CCTVs across Capital
Decision taken during Chief Minister’s meeting with PWD and other officials
NEW DELHI: In a bid to ensure security for women and children, Delhi government has finalised issuing of tender for 1,400,00 CCTV cameras.
The decision was taken earlier in the Cabinet. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with Public Work Department (PWD) and senior government officials and directed the final process.
"The cameras will be four megapixels in the range which will help to capture little details happening around," said an official. The CCTVs will also have mandatory night vision which will help to capture at night.
"We will only accept companies who will provide us with both these criteria," said the official. PWD, which would execute the project, has expressed concerns and offered suggestions regarding location, tender, maintenance and monitoring of CCTV cameras.
"Our main focus is the woman safety. With time the crime in Delhi is increasing and the Delhi police, also many times, have failed to protect the citizens… hence the government has taken this decision," said the official.
In this process, every constituency will get nearly 2,000 CCTVs and on this, the CM has already directed all the MLAs to give suggestions on the spots where the CCTV would be mandatory.
"We want the MLAs' suggestions on this matter as they know the constituency the best and we will also take help from the police department as soon as the tender is finalised," said the official.
The government has already allocated Rs 130 crore for the project in its 2017-18 budget, but it's also planning to increase as the whole project would cost up to Rs 350 crore.
"The budget will be revised once PWD finalises the tender details. The camera and system specifications have been worked out and will be finished soon," said an official in the CM's office.
The PWD had formed a technical committee, which had Delhi Police, PWD and IT experts, to work out the specifications. The number of CCTV was decided at a meeting chaired by Kejriwal a few months ago based on the tentative demands received from MLAs. "MLAs were asking for 5,000-6,000 cameras, but it was decided to install 2,000 in each assembly constituency," the official said.
Recently, Delhi government also announced that parents of children going to government schools in Delhi will soon be able to monitor them in their classrooms in real time. The Delhi chief minister said in a tweet that parents will be given access to see their children studying in class on a real-time basis on their phone, through CCTV cameras that will be installed in all classrooms of government schools in the city.