118 CCTV cameras to guard heart of city

NDMC looks to complete pending projects than taking up new ones, CP restoration work to be over by May.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to set up more cameras in Central Delhi as part of measures to augment security in the area.

In the NDMC budget presented on Monday, chairperson Archana Arora said 118 cameras will be installed at an estimated cost of Rs 5 crore.

The chairperson, however, said the plan to set up CCTV cameras around the Inner and Outer Circles in Connaught Place will be delayed.

Arora said though the CP restoration work was expected to be completed by March 2013, it might be further delayed and was expected to be completed by April-May this year.

Arora said Engineers India Limited (EIL), the consultant for the CP project, which had to put up the CCTV cameras. "It is the task of EIL to put up CCTV cameras. They are discussing some specifications with Delhi Police," she said.

According to the NDMC budget, 118 cameras will be installed in eight commercial and office complexes and 20 electric sub-station buildings. About 200 CCTV cameras have already been installed in 10 municipal buildings.

With many development works — including the CP restoration project — still pending, the NDMC budget has focussed more on finishing these works rather than taking up new projects.

The chairperson said the facade restoration work of CP, which was to be done in 12 blocks has been completed in 10 blocks. The NDMC also claimed that the surface redevelopment work in Inner Circle was over and ready-mix cement concrete road in Middle Circle has also been also completed along with alignment of pavements on either sides.

Responding to why the plan to construct more subways in CP was dropped, Arora claimed that public did not want subways. "We have asked people about subways and they said they did not want them. So, we dropped the project and focussed on improving existing subways," she said.

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