At new seat of administration,every move under camera

30 CCTVs installed,12 in offing,biometric attendance.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:October 5, 2013 3:02 am

Nabanna — the new address from where the West Bengal administration will function from Saturday — will be under complete electronic surveillance with 30 CCTV cameras already installed in the 15-floor building and another dozen in the pipeline.

While some of the high resolution cameras have been installed at strategic points on individual floors,others will monitor the “happenings” and work atmosphere in the departments. The cameras will be monitored from the Kolkata police headquarters through a central server installed in the building itself. This is the first time a government building has been under total security surveillance cover,said a senior police official.

“We have already installed 30 cameras in the building. We have more than a dozen left with us which can be used according to the requirement.

“The cameras are installed strategically to track the necessary movements inside the building,” added the official associated with the security of the new secretariat.

Significantly,the government has also introduced biometric system to record the attendance of the employees. “We have plans to install biometric system on every floor. It will be easier for us to maintain the data of all the employees. Moreover,through this system,we will have more professional approach to work and punctuality. Our chief minister has always tried to establish a work culture among the government employees. This system will ensure that,” said a senior home department official.

The building,which was also supposed to have a central air conditioning system,however,could not get it in hurry.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will function from 14th floor,which is the most decorated one. It overlooks the Hooghly river flowing on one flank and offers a grand view of both the Kolkata landmarks — Howrah bridge and the Vidyasagar bridge on two sides.

Every floor in the building has got a green touch with landscaping with small decorative plants lining up the corridors. A terrace garden has also been set up in the building.

The floor where Mamata’s office is located has a conference room,a visitor’s room and the chambers of some senior officials of the chief minister’s office. The building will have a total of five gates.

The internal security of the building is the responsibility of the Kolkata police. The reserve force and the special branch of Kolkata police have been given the charge of the internal security while the external security and the law and order issues out side the building will be handled by the Howrah city police. A team of 275 personnel of the reserve force will be deployed inside the building while around 300 police personal from Howrah city police would be there for the external security,said a source in the police directorate.

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