THE DELHI government has drawn up an extensive plan to cover roads and public spaces across the capital with CCTVs, streetlights and WiFi facility. According to government officials, a committee has been constituted to finalise the specifications of “wireless standalone cameras with in-built recording and network facility”.
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“Delhi has a total of 30,000 km of roads, of which only 1,260 km comes under the Public Works Department. Covering PWD roads with these features shall be undertaken comprehensively along with the government’s digitisation programme. CCTV, WiFi and streetlights shall be dovetailed with fibre network for smart features. E-collection of toll is also under active consideration… Covering PWD roads by CCTV has to be comprehensive and cannot be taken up in isolation,” said a senior official.
The department has been asked to identify “vulnerable” areas, such as colonies and markets, and places that see high footfall, like temples, where CCTV cameras can be set up, said officials.
“These areas are frequented by women, and there is a dire need to install CCTVs here on a priority basis to ensure their safety. The urban development department has sanctioned
Rs 200 crore this fiscal to be utilised by the PWD for the work,” said an official.
As soon as the specifications are finalised, the chief project manager shall ensure submission of a preliminary estimate and issue a tender.
Officials added that the urban development department shall work out modalities for installation and maintenance of CCTVs by RWAs and market associations. The government has also ruled that CCTVs will not be covered under the MLA local area development fund, said