Three-way ac­cess to CCTV footages

PWD, cops, RWA rep­re­sen­ta­tive to have ac­cess to footages

DNA (Delhi) - - DELHI - Astha Sax­ena astha.sax­ena@dnain­dia.net

Delhi po­lice, res­i­dents and the of­fi­cials from Pub­lic Works De­part­ment will get an ac­cess to the footage of CCTV cam­eras which are soon to be in­stalled in the na­tional Cap­i­tal.

The de­ci­sion was taken by PWD Min­is­ter Satyen­der Jain in a meet­ing held two days ago while dis­cussing the stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure (SOP) pre­pared by the de­part­ment on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s am­bi­tious project. The CCTV footages will be stored for 15 days dur­ing which it can be ac­cessed by any of the of­fi­cials.

The Delhi Cabi­net on Au­gust 10 had ap­proved the project of in­stalling 1.4 lakh CCTV cam­eras across the Cap­i­tal at a cost of Rs 571.40 crore.

“The de­ci­sion has been taken by the min­is­ter. An agree­ment will now be signed among the par­ties re­gard­ing the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the CCTV cam­eras. There will not be a con­tin­u­ous mon­i­tor­ing of footages and the record­ing will be stored for 15 days,” said Manoj Parida, PWD’s Prin­ci­pal Sec­re­tary, Delhi gov­ern­ment.

The cus­to­di­an­ship of the cam­eras has been a bone of

con­tention be­tween the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gov­ern­ment and the Lieu­tenant Gover­nor Anil Bai­jal. Re­cently, a com­mit­tee formed by L-G had rec­om­mended that the Delhi Po­lice will be the cus­to­dian of the CCTV cam­eras in­stalled in pub­lic ar­eas in the na­tional cap­i­tal. How­ever, the gov­ern­ment has re­futed all such claims.

“The cam­eras will be in­stalled in next three months,”

said Parida. The L-G house on Mon­day clar­i­fied that no file per­tain­ing to the in­stal­la­tion of cam­eras is pend­ing with it.

The in­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras in Delhi was one of the key elec­toral planks of the AAP in 2015 to im­prove the se­cu­rity and safety of the cit­i­zens. The na­tional Cap­i­tal so far has at least 2.5 lakh CCTV cam­eras in pub­lic ar­eas, the num­ber which AAP plans to in­crease by 1.4 lakhs.

In May this year, Ke­jri­wal along with his min­is­ters and leg­is­la­tors held a dharna near L-G’s of­fice ac­cus­ing him of stalling the AAP gov­ern­ment’s am­bi­tious project to in­stall 1.4 lakh CCTV cam­eras across the city at the “be­hest of the BJP”.

An agree­ment will now be signed among the par­ties re­gard­ing the ac­ces­si­bil­ity of the CCTV cam­eras. There will not be a con­tin­u­ous mon­i­tor­ing of footages. Manoj Parida, PWD sec­re­tary

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