CCTV to make capital city safe : RBP
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.