New surveillance cameras come up in Srinagar
Srinagar: In view of the recent militant attacks, the security agencies here said that they have started strengthening the security grid in Kashmir valley especially in Srinagar city.
Giving details, a senior police official said that new CCTVs will be set up in different locations of Srinagar “We have identified some locations in Srinagar. We have already installed CCTV cameras at various locations including Press colony to keep proper surveillance on militant activities,” the officer said.
He said that the Installation of CCTV cameras will help police to identify those who carry out attacks.
Sources in the police said that there was “inadequate” availability of CCTV surveillance in the entire Srinagar city. “CCTV surveillance will prove as smart eye in the city. Well illuminated street lighting system will also ensure safety and security,” they said.
Another official of the police department said that CCTVs were already installed at several places in Srinagar for security but many are defunct. “Scores of places have already identified for installation of new CCTVs,” the official said.
The official said that the violent protest, in which property is vandalized, has brought into focus the installation of CCTV cameras to keep an eye who get involved in vandalisation. “Presently, we lack proper surveillance especially in Srinagar. Once the CCTV cameras are installed, we will be able to identify those who indulge in vandalizing property,” a police official said.
In an official document, the government said that safety would be ensured by citywide network of the “public eye”, an initiative the government suggests was combining community policing with technology, installation of CCTV at strategic locations, and developing e-portals for “on the spot incident reporting”.
The document said that installation of CCTV cameras has been suggested by the department to the government for “safety and security” in Srinagar.
“The CCTV cameras and illuminating streets and roads through street lighting system fitted with sensors should be incorporated in the smart city proposal for ensuring safety and security in the city,” it reads.
Meanwhile police sources told KNS that the management of commercial establishments, educational institutions, banks, religious places, bus stations, , hotels, industrial units, lodges, guest houses among others had already been asked to fix CCTV cameras and make arrangement to store video footage to a minimum of 30 days and make it available for inspection as and when required.
It is to mention here that the government has said that it plans to bring major towns, police stations, police posts, the National Highway (NH) and other important roads under the state-wide CCTV Surveillance System Project.
“To give a boost to these efforts, an allocation of Rs 500 crore has been made for High Security Capacity Building over a period of three years. The money will be spent on technical upgradation, including extensive installation of CCTV cameras,” the government’s economic survey report 2016 says.