Panel submits final draft of CCTV project for major cities

All the four major cities of the state are set to come under surveillance of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras soon with a committee submitting its final draft to the state home department this week, more than three years after it was formed.

The need for CCTV camera surveillance was felt more after serial blasts rocked Ahmedabad in July 2008, killing 56 persons and injuring over 100.

Additional DGP (Administration) A K Singh, who heads the CCTV project committee, said, "The final draft of the CCTV camera project has been handed over to the home department... the department will approve it, and soon after, the monitoring system will start functioning."

The IT Cell of the home department is expected to approve the draft in a few days.

In the first phase, 500 to 600 cameras would be installed in Ahmedabad, followed by Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot in different phases. Gradually, the project is likely to cover all the districts.

After a detailed analysis, CCTV cameras would be installed at all major road junctions, railway stations, important buildings and sensitive areas where surveillance is required.

The committee, formed in 2009, has finalised a centralised monitoring system to install portable cameras having high definition surveillance lenses. N Code Solutions of the IT division of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Chemical Ltd is providing technical support to the Gujarat Police.

The modernisation department is setting up special CCTV control rooms in all the commissionerates and district police headquarters with the main control room in Gandhinagar.

As per the plan, the cameras would be connected to the control room for analysis and saving the footage.

The project was to be implemented in 2009 but it could not take off due to delay in selection of cameras, setting up of monitoring systems and the bandwidth capacity issues in different cities.

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