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'Eyes' for City Junctions to Track Crime

Four major junctions of the Capital City will have CCTV cameras by November first week.

Published: 23rd October 2014 06:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd October 2014 09:12 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR : A move which would aid Commisionerate Police in crime control and law and order management, four major junctions of the Capital City will have CCTV cameras by November first week.

The Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OSPHWC) is giving finishing touches to the first phase work of the City Surveillance Project under which 27 locations will have CCTV camera systems.

On Wednesday, Twin City Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma and CMD of OSPHWC Satyajit Mohanty reviewed the progress of the project at a meeting attended by representatives of BSNL and CESU. The first phase work is expected to be completed by end of the year.

In the first leg of the initial phase, CCTV cameras will be installed and made operational at Rabindra Mandap Square, 120 Battalion Square, Station Square and AG Square by November 7. Honeywell India has been entrusted with the project.

The control room for the surveillance project would be located at Police Commissioner’s office. Work for the control room and video wall is in full swing and likely to be rounded up in a week’s time.

While the CCTV surveillance is aimed at keeping an eye on disturbing elements during agitations, dharna and rallies for law and order management, it would also come handy in crime detection and prevention.

The system, being installed at AG Square, will also be used for traffic management by zooming in on registration plates of vehicles and even identifying the offenders, Sharma said. “Though the project is meant for law and order and crime control, the system at AG Square will be the only one to be used for traffic management,” he added. The first phase work will also include installation of CCTV cameras in five PCR vans.

The meeting took stock of operational hiccups experienced in laying of cables by BSNL to the junctions. Similarly, CESU was asked to expedite power supply for the project.

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