MLAs with RWAs to decide CCTV cameras installation spots: AAP
NEW DELHI: In Delhi, the work on the installation of 2,000 CCTV cameras has already started and the government to hold meetings with the RWAs within this month to decide where the CCTVs would be installed. The AAP MLAs on Tuesday held a meeting and there the decision
was taken that the party will meet the RWA members of its constituency and also talk to people to decide where the CCTVs should be installed. "From now on the work of installation of 2,000 CCTV cameras at every assembly constituency begins. The government will soon hold a meeting with the RWAs. The locals will decide where the CCTVs should be installed," tweeted the Chief Spokesperson of AAP and MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj in Hindi.
He added that the AAP MLAs would prepare an SOP based on that after the consultation with people of assemblies how the CCTV should be put. The leader also expressed the party's concern over the increasing crime incident like chain snatching and also the security of women which would be easier to tackle after the CCTV installation.
The project had been a bone of contention between the government and the L-G's office after Baijal formed the committee. The AAP government had strongly objected to the formation of the committee and had accused the L-G office of stalling the project. When earlier LG Anil Baijal constituted the panel, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his cabinet colleagues and other AAP MLAs had marched to the LG's office, demanding that the panel be dissolved. In
July, the chief minister had torn the draft report of the panel, which, he said, talked of
taking permission from the police before installing the CCTV cameras.
On August 10, the Cabinet approved the project to install 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras in residential colonies and markets across the city at a cost of Rs 571.40 crore. The Cabinet's
nod came after a tussle between the elected government and
Raj Niwas over the proposed regulatory framework for CCTV systems.
In May, LG Baijal had set up a committee headed by then PWD secretary of Delhi Manoj Parida, also Principal Secretary of the Home Department, to draft a standard operating procedure (SOP) for CCTV systems.