In order to keep constant vigil at the entire city,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday asked the Chandigarh Administration to explain how many CCTV cameras in addition to the existing ones it intends to install.
The High Court emphasised installing better quality CCTV cameras with night-vision facility and latest technology,and asked the administration to submit a status report with regard to the number of additional cameras and the locations where they would be installed.
Besides,the High Court directed the Chandigarh Administration to light and recarpet all cycle tracks in the city. It also asked the administration to explain why homeguards were not being employed to regulate traffic.
As directed by the court on the last hearing,five separate affidavits were filed by the Engineering Department,Municipal Corporation and Chandigarh Police on Friday. The administration on the last hearing had assured the High Court that all defective CCTV cameras would be repaired without delay.
In two separate affidavits filed by V K Singh,secretary (engineering),and S K Chadha,chief engineer,Chandigarh,it was stated that out of 152 cameras,128 had been made fully functional while 24 were not working. Four cameras had been disconnected due to construction of a multi-level parking lot in Sector 17,Chandigarh. Eight cameras were under repair and would be re-installed after repair by November 15,and 144 cameras would be functional by October 30.
The repair work is being done by Schneider Electric India Private Limited,the company which had installed the cameras at several joints in the city beautiful. The High Court,on the last hearing,had suggested addition of 100 more cops to the existing fleet of Chandigarh Traffic cops.
In response,Kamal Deep,DSP,Administration and East,Traffic filed an affidavit on behalf of the Inspector General of Police,Chandigarh. It was submitted in the affidavit that as against the total sanctioned strength of 168,the Chandigarh Traffic Police had 421 police personnel. This has been done by diverting force from other units into traffic wing, read the affidavit. It stated that the Chandigarh Police had shot off a letter in July this year to the Chandigarh Administration demanding sanction of additional 859 posts for Chandigarh Police. In these,291 additional traffic wing posts have been sought.
Approximately,183 police personnel are undergoing training at Chandigarh Police Lines,Sector 29,at present. It is decided that as soon as the said 183 police personnel come back from training,an additional 20 to 30 police personnel shall be posted in traffic police wing. Further,as and when the 859 posts for Chandigarh Police are sanctioned and police personnel are recruited against those posts,then additional police personnel shall be posted in the traffic police wing, noted the affidavit.
The Bench remarked that as compared to over 500 times increase in traffic in the recent years,the deployment of traffic personnel had increased by only 20 per cent.
82-ft-long divider to be built outside Elante Mall
The Chandigarh Administration has accepted the proposal of SSP (Traffic) Maneesh Chaudhry wherein he had mooted construction of a 82-foot-long divider for allowing one-way entry to the Elante Mall. Also,traffic signages and cones will be put at all the exit points of the Elate Mall,Industrial Area,to avoid traffic congestion. The entire exercise will take over three months. Tenders for the same will be invited.