Around 40 pc CCTV cameras installed in city are defective

LightpointAt a lightpoint near the Municipal Corporation Building in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Friday

After the notice, the IG wrote a letter to the UT Home Secretary on August 13 to take a decision "at the earliest".

It was only after repeated letters written to the administration that a meeting was arranged between the two warring parties (Engineering Department and the company) that the dispute was partially resolved. After the meeting, which was co-ordinated by the Chandigarh Police, the company immediately repaired 39 cameras and "formally" handed over their control to the Chandigarh Police.

The cameras include those installed on the city's border, market areas and traffic light points. Broadly, two types of cameras are installed in the city. First, pan tilt zoom (PTZ) and second, fixed position (FIX). As many as 100 cameras, including PTZ and FIX, are installed on various lightpoints. Of these, 36 are defective while 64 are working.

Of the 38 cameras installed at Sector 17 and 22 markets, 18 are defective. Of the 14 cameras installed in the market area of Sector 35, eight are non-functional. And of the 64 cameras installed at outer barriers of the city, 16 are not working while 12 defective cameras have been removed.

This entire information has been furnished by the Chandigarh Police to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In response to the court order, a detailed affidavit was filed by Maneesh Chaudhry, Superintendent of Police (Traffic and Security) earlier this week.

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