1,000 CCTV cameras plan stuck with state govt

Stuck

The Hyderabad blasts have brought to fore the delay in installation of surveillance cameras in Pune city. The matter was in focus after the JM Road blasts last year but the district administration proposal of installing 1,000 cameras is still awaiting clearance.

District administration officials say the home department will take a call on the matter. They add that the issue is stuck at the state government level.

Last year, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had promised cameras for the city and the district collectorate had sought state government funds to maintain and supervise the cameras. The estimate was Rs 30 crore which has now climbed to Rs 100 crore, said an official.

Seven MPs and 16 MLAs / MLCs had promised to allocate Rs 10.5 crore for the project. The remaining was to come from the municipal corporation. With the corporation having no funds to spare, state government intervention was sought.

Senior officials from the district administration said the proposal had been forwarded to the state government and was awaiting clearance. Pune Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol said the matter was pending with the state government.

The state government was to set aside a regular head in the annual budget for maintenance of CCTV cameras and a team of experts under the state government's IT department had visited the city to study how the Detailed Project Report readied for Mumbai could be customised for Pune.

"There are questions like whether wireless cameras or cable connected ones should be procured and whether they should be installed on stand-alone poles. There are also issues about how many control rooms need to have the images relayed, beside footage storage facilities. These need to to be sorted out,'' said an official.

Chief Secretary J Banthia ruled out allocation from development funds for CCTVs. The district officials have received no intimation about any directive on installation of the cameras. "We are awaiting state government approval. The cameras will be installed in key areas of the city and Pimpri-Chinchwad," said officials.

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