State home minister R R Patil was attacked by Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil and Opposition leaders Wednesday for failing to roll out a project to install 5,000 CCTVs in the city. Red tape has delayed the plan mooted seven years ago.
The government is yet to complete the procedure of awarding the contract to a private player.
Patil responded,The government is adhering to norms to avoid allegations of wrongdoing,which is causing the delay.
This further angered the Opposition members,who demanded to know if the government was serious about security of the city.
State BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said,For the past three years,the home minister has been giving the same reply. He has repeatedly said the proposal is ready and will soon be implemented. At the end of three years,we are yet to see CCTV cameras.
The home ministry has failed in the matter. How else does one explain the inordinate delay in a matter discussed in the Assembly several times in the past?
The BJP leader suggested the state study the Safe Bangalore City project and replicate it. Patil retorted,I expected the opposition to support the government by saying let us overlook procedures and expedite the project. But if we ignore guidelines,the Opposition will criticise us. Now,they are questioning the delay.
At Rs 650 crore,Sai Infotech System of Gujarat bid the lowest for the project but was disqualified as it failed to deposit bank guarantee. The government is now negotiating with Essar Group Company AGC Networks,which bid the second-lowest at Rs 950 crore.
While sources said AGC Networks was ready to match the quote offered by the lowest bidder,Chief Secretary Jayant Kumar Banthia said Monday the company had set a number of conditions.
If a deal is not struck,the government will have to re-tender the project a second time. I think the government,for once,should take a decision in the matter. If required,rope in experts from various departments,including CAG, the Speaker said.
Shiv Sena leader Subash Desai said,The government has not learnt lessons from the 26/11 terrorist attack.