50,000 CCTV Cameras to Keep Eye on City

Published: 19th September 2014 06:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2014 06:22 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD: The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad as well as Cyberabad would be equipped with at least 50,000 closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) cameras very soon. Tenders would be invited in two weeks’ time.

Concrete plans for the first phase have been prepared and the same would be submitted to the GHMC Standing Committee for approval. After the approval of the general body, tenders would be floated for installing the CCTVs at important places.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, Mayor M Majid Hussain along with deputy Mayor G Raj Kumar, GHMC commissioner Somesh Kumar and Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahdender Reddy asked the GHMC and the police department to install the surveillance cameras in sensitive areas and in those places where criminal activities are reportedly high.

The installation process would take around 100 days , Majid Hussain said. He wanted the GHMC and police to take up the installation process at the earliest.

Public safety is not the sole responsibility of the police department. The Public Safety Act was brought not only to curb crime, but also to ensure safety to all citizens of the city, the Mayor said.

Police commissioner Mahender Reddy said the CCTVs would be interlinked with the GHMC, HMWS&SB, HMR, Transco and Genco departments.

He further said that police department would be benefited as the CCTVs would help police in monitoring and detecting crime, prosecuting the criminals besides creating a sense of security among the people.

Somesh Kumar said the civic body was planning to include provisions of the Public safety Act such as making CCTV cameras mandatory for shops and establishments.

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