Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 24:
Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma today appealed to the representatives of the market committees in Odisha’s Twin City to install Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in market areas to check crimes.
Presiding over a meeting at the Commissionerate police headquarters here, the commissioner discussed with representatives of 10 market committees in Bhubaneswar and Jatni the installation of CCTV cameras and deployment of private security forces in shops.
After installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at 28 major locations in the city on February 5, the next plan of the commissionerate police is to bring important market areas under the CCTV-based surveillance system.
In the first phase of the initiative, the police have decided to install CCTVs at 10 market places in Bhubaneswar and Jatni areas in the public private partnership (PPP) mode.
The police have earmarked Bapuji Nagar, Unit-II market, Ashoka Market at Ashok Nagar, Indradhanu Market at Nayapalli, Ruchika at Khandagiri, Priyadarshini at CRP Square, Ravi Talkies, Cuttack-Bhubaneswar Road, Saheed Nagar and Unit-III markets, besides some markets in Jatni, to be covered under the scheme.
A police official said that these markets have been selected keeping in mind their vulnerability and past records of criminal activities in these areas.
“We have asked the market committee representatives to install the CCTVs at their own cost. The cameras they set up would be integrated with the police control room after getting an IP code from the commissionerate,” said the commissioner.
“The CCTV will help prevent criminal incidents by ensuring that police reach the spot immediately after getting any complaints fn any suspicious activities,” he added.
“This apart, the market committees members have been told to deploy security guards in their shops. Shop owners will get an arms license if they apply for one,” he added.
The markets committee members agreed to the proposal of the Commissioner to help prevent crimes at market places.