CCTV to make cap­i­tal city safe : RBP

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The mod­ern dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy close cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) will be in­stalled to keep cap­i­tal city safe. The Royal Bhutan Po­lice will be in­stalling 118 CCTV in the var­i­ous hotspots to curb crimes and the traf­fic of­fences in the cap­i­tal.

The CCTV project ti­tled “Safe City So­lu­tions” was an in­spi­ra­tion of His Majesty The King who in a spe­cial mes­sage dur­ing the Royal Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion at Ugyen Pelri Palace, Paro last year com­manded that “The place where we live must be clean, safe, or­ga­nized and beau­ti­ful for na­tional in­tegrity, na­tional pride and for our bright fu­ture. This too is na­tion build­ing.”

The Chief of Po­lice, Bri­gadier Kipchu Nam­gyel dur­ing the press con­fer­ence last Wed­nes­day said that a safe city so­lu­tion project in Thim­phu was a com­mand project that which is launched on com­mand of His Majesty the King par­tic­u­larly to make our so­ci­ety a safe and se­cure.

The vi­sion of Safe City Project is to make Thim­phu one of the safest cities in South Asia for peace­ful and har­mo­nious liv­ing of all the peo­ple through zero tolerance to crime, thereby con­tribut­ing to the achieve­ment of goals of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness. Thim­phu alone con­trib­utes to more than 60 per­cent of the to­tal crime in the coun­try.

The CCTV project would acts as a ma­jor tolerance to pre­vent and re­duce crimes, help in in­ves­ti­ga­tion and de­tec­tion of crimes, par­tic­u­larly through videos recorded ev­i­dence. It will also in­still fear of de­tec­tion among the crim­i­nals to com­mit any crime.

The in­stal­la­tion of CCTV will be done in phase wise, in the first phase, twenty CCTV will be in­stalled in the se­lected hotspot and the re­main­ing will be in­stalled in the sec­ond phase which will starts from July 2016- Septem­ber 2017.

Ac­tu­ally the first phase starts from July 2015 till June 2016, the Chief of Po­lice said that the first phase could not started be­cause there was a lit­tle de­layed in the re­lease of the bud­get and also the fi­nal­iza­tion of project it­self took time. “As we all see lots of dig­ging in the city which of­ten be­ing crit­i­cized but we could not help with­out dig­ging be­cause we need to lay out lot of fiber op­tic ca­ble and also elec­tri­cal lines as we could not de­pend on the wire­less based CCTV,” said the Chief of Po­lice.

The in­stal­la­tion of CCTV will also re­duce on phys­i­cal de­ploy­ment of man­power, both traf­fic and nor­mal po­lice per­son­nel.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease from RBP, it stated that the safe city project would en­hance the ca­pac­ity of the Royal Bhutan Po­lice to keep peace and se­cu­rity in the com­mu­nity and pro­mote Bhutan as one of the safest place to live and work in the re­gion.

The safe city project would en­able the gov­ern­ment to ful­fill the dreams and as­pi­ra­tions of His Majesty the King in mak­ing Bhutan safe, clean and beau­ti­ful char­ac­ter­ized by con­tin­ued peace, progress and hap­pi­ness.

RBP will also in­stall ve­hi­cle li­cense plate reg­is­tra­tion (VLPR) with four cam­eras at Sim­tokha. The Chief of Po­lice said that the VLPR is to mon­i­tor the ve­hi­cle ex­ist from Thim­phu and en­ter­ing to­wards Thim­phu.

The spe­cial fea­ture in the VLPR is that it will not only be­come easy, but it will also pick up the ve­hi­cle image, num­ber and cap­ture the pic­ture of the per­son but that ve­hi­cle num­ber will be au­to­mat­i­cally turned into data­base, said the Chief of Po­lice.

RBP will also in­stall speedome­ter, which will be in­stalled along the ex­press way which can de­tect the speed of the ve­hi­cle.

The RBP will also sub­mit­ting the pro­posal to gov­ern­ment to in­stall shock sen­sor sys­tem on chorten van­dal­ism. The Chief of Po­lice said that writ­ing of pro­posal is com­pleted and it is due for sub­mis­sion. There is pos­i­tive re­sponse from the gov­ern­ment about the sen­sor sys­tem.

To be­gin with, the shock sen­sor sys­tem will be in­stalled on 1,000 chort­ens across the coun­try and on trail ba­sis; the sen­sor has in­stalled in two chort­ens and found out that it is ef­fec­tive. Be­side that CCTV cam­eras will also be in­stalled in lhakhangs. How­ever, the re­spec­tive lhakhang’s care­taker has to bear the cost for in­stal­la­tion and about 160 lhakhang care­tak­ers across the coun­try have pos­i­tive re­sponse.

Mean­while, the to­tal cost of the project will be worth of Nu.149 mil­lions be­gan with the in­stal­la­tion of two CCTV cam­eras in front of the city po­lice sta­tion in the cap­i­tal and re­main­ing will be in­stalled in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions. The project was awarded to the Bhutan Tele­com.

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