VISAKHAPATNAM : The CCTV cameras played a major role in the succesful conduct of International Fleet Review and would continue to find use in putting a check on both crime and traffic related issues.
Attributing the role of the CCTVs in traffic and crowd management during the IFR 2016, the city police commissioner has decided to continue with the monitoring system in the city.
Interacting with newsmen here on Tuesday, city police commissioner Amit Garg said that timely intervention and critical decisions during instances to stop buses and crowd towards Naval Coastal Battery (NCB) could be carried out effectively only because of the CCTV cameras.
Replying to a query that whether a crowd of over six lakh was expected at the event, Amit Garg said that though the official estimate was around 1.5 lakh, they had expected about 2.5 lakh, but were shocked to see the huge crowd.
“Though several people were disappointed due to blockades and diversions, there were no other options. We ensured that no stampede or untoward incident take place. CCTVs played a very crucial role in this,” he added.
Hyderabad-based company ‘Stanpower’ had landed the contract and has set up around 125 CCTV cameras at 47 important junctions in the city in the first phase during IFR. Even navy set up several CCTV cameras. A total of 410 such cameras kept an eye over the city. All the cameras were linked and were being monitored from the Integrated Command Control Centre (ICCC) set up at VUDA Children’s theatre.
Taking a cue from the success, the city police chief is all set to bring another 230 CCTVs in the second phase. “A total of 350 cameras will be in installed covering as many as 94 junctions. A separate command control room for monitoring the cameras will be set up in the New Police Commissionerate building within a month,” Garg said.
CM for Seamless Auto-tracking
Impressed by the succesful monitoring of IFR, CM Chandrababu Naidu has asked for strengthening the CCTV network, making it a full-fledged seamless auto-tracking system across the city. “The system includes CCTV cameras in every nook and corner of the city,” said Amit Garg.
According to management of Stanpower, they would have to take up a survey for a streamlined CCTV camera setup.