After receiving several representations from colonies across the city,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday announced that Residents Welfare Associations (RWA) could install CCTV cameras in their colonies using money from the My Delhi,I Care fund. While,the government will pay once to install the system,maintenance and upkeep will rest with individual RWAs.
While interacting with RWA office bearers on Sunday at the Talkatora Stadium,Dikshit said interested RWAs could get funds for CCTV systems,but only after taking police into confidence.
In this day and age,CCTVs are an important tool for security and this government is very concerned about security,particularly after the December 16,2012,incident, Dikshit said. She said RWAs would have to coordinate with police to ensure effective security.
Sources in the Delhi government said the Bhagidari department,over the last six months,had received several requests from RWAs for CCTVs. Now everybody understands the importance of CCTVs and so it was decided to allow financing under this scheme, a senior official said.
The My Delhi I Care fund was upped from Rs 50 lakh per district per annum to Rs 5 crore in Dikshits budget for the current financial year. The scheme is meant to enable residents of Delhi to help the government in the upkeep and protection of their colonies. The fund aims to attract resident groups registered under the Bhagidari Scheme to contribute,through financial and other means,in micro projects and maintenance work.
Sources in the CMs office said the decision to fund CCTVs in residential colonies was aimed at supplementing security. However,this will be a one-time payment for the installation and will be disbursed only after an undertaking from the RWA that they will maintain the system using their own funds, a senior official said.
To avail the one-time grant,the RWAs will have to petition the deputy commissioner of their region under available guidelines,who will then sanction the project.