The dispute between the Chandigarh Traffic Police and the UT Engineering Department,over installation of more CCTV cameras,has finally ended after the Administration stepped in and held a meeting in this regard.
The Traffic Police will now install the additional CCTV cameras with assistance from the engineering department.
While the city has around 100 CCTV cameras installed at various places,including roundabouts and market areas,the Traffic Police had mooted plans to install 150 more cameras. As per available information,the Traffic Police has sent the proposal to the finance secretary for approval. The approval for sanctioning the budget is yet awaited.
Newsline was the first to report that despite over five months since the top brass of Chandigarh administration decided to install additional CCTV cameras,neither the Traffic Police nor the Engineering Department had implemented the decision.
There had been no clarity as to which of the two wings would install the cameras. While the Traffic Police had passed the buck to the Engineering Department by terming the process as highly complex and technical,the Engineering Department had washed its hands off by saying that it was not equipped with that kind of manpower.
To resolve the issue,the home secretary was urged to intervene. Two letters,written by the Engineering Department and Traffic Police,revealed how the project had hit a roadblock since February.
On February 13,in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Secretary,Chandigarh Administration,regarding enhancing security at the Punjab and Haryana High Court Complex and other sensitive areas,it was decided that around 150 more CCTV cameras will installed at key locations in the city.
In response to the decision,the Superintendent of Police (SP) (security),two months back,had written to the Engineering Department. The letter read installation/implementation/work of CCTV cameras is a highly complex,technical work and the department earmarked for carrying out such big projects involving huge costs/funds and vast technical expertise involving skilled technicians/officers is Engineering Department and not Police.
The SP had further written: As for any kind of assistance required in installation of CCTV cameras at appropriate places when considered from security point of view,where these cameras have to be installed,can be made available by the Police Department as and when needed. Therefore,instead of delaying the matter of installation of CCTV cameras in District Court Complex,Sector 17 as well as upcoming new District Court Complex,Sector 43,Chandigarh and thereby jeopardizing the security of general public,lawyers and Judges,it should be dealt by your department at the earlier without any further delay,please.
Weeks later,the Additional Superintending Engineer of UT Engineering Department wrote back. In his letter,he stated: CCTV mainly involves electronic cameras,fibre,digital video recorders,computer hardware and software etc. All these products are of electronic components. On the other hand,electrical wing of the Engineering Department is not equipped with that kind of manpower and knowledge on electronic and computer hardware and software equipment.