Moving to combat terrorism and heinous crimes,the Delhi Police has requested the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to sanction 9,000 more CCTV cameras for the Capital. This is the fourth phase of installation of CCTV cameras in the city. Once this phase is complete,there will be 14,000 CCTV cameras in the Capital,with most being near markets and government buildings.
Police sources said the proposal was sent recently after a survey was carried out for installation of 9,000 CCTV cameras across 133 locations. They said the force has written to the MHA for the sanction and approval of CCTV cameras under the fourth phase.
Police said that so far,1,337 CCTV cameras have been installed across 34 market places and four border check-posts. The second phase will see the installation of 3,975 CCTV cameras across market places,the Supreme Court,High Court,six district courts in Delhi,L-G house and VP house. Police sources said this phase is currently under process.
We have urged hotels and other other private firms to install their own surveillance systems. There were problems with fund allocations and the process of installation takes time. But if every private firm cooperates,our job will be simpler. As of now,we are collaborating with the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), a senior police officer said.
Police said that this process will help bring several important areas under surveillance and help in better policing. So far,Delhi Police has installed 30 cameras in Lajpat Nagar market,25 in Sarojini Nagar,24 in Khan Market,16 in Ashok Vihar Market,20 in Rani Bagh Market and 46 in Maurice Nagar University Campus,24 in Sadar Bazaar and 23 in Chandni Chowk.
Police sources said Vasant Vihar Market has 38 cameras,while the Ghazipur check-post has 18 cameras. All these have been installed as part of the Delhi Police pilot project that was carried out by ECIL.