Proposal to use LAD funds for CCTV cameras hits roadblock

While the issue of CCTV cameras for the city continues to be debated,the ambitious project of using funds from MLA/MP Local Area Development (LAD) for funding the installation of the cameras seems to have hit a roadblock.

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Published:July 30, 2013 2:35 am

While the issue of CCTV cameras for the city continues to be debated,the ambitious project of using funds from MLA/MP Local Area Development (LAD) for funding the installation of the cameras seems to have hit a roadblock. Although the MLA and MPs from the city have agreed to give money from their LAD funds for the project,lack of “clear communication” from the government has delayed the project.

After the series of terror attacks in the city,it was decided to use MP/MLA LAD to install CCTV cameras in the city. In order to give a holistic approach to the question,it was decided to appoint a single contractor who would be looking after the issue across the state. Post scrutiny of the proposal,the matter was the referred to the home ministry from the finance ministry.

Senior officers of the home ministry had stated in the State Council that the matter was in the stages of tendering and the final tenders are expected to be out by October. Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe said it was unlikely that the CCTV cameras would be installed before the Ganesh festival.

“On part of the MLAs and MP there was no second thought to give money for the project. However,the state government was slow in implementing the scheme,” said Gorhe.

Sanjivkumar Singhal,joint commissioner of police,said,“Last year,we had submitted a detailed requisition to the state government about procurement of closed circuit television cameras. I can not comment on the progress in the further process.”

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