Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 28:
After much hue and cry over immoral and indecent activities going on at the Ekamra Kanan, the Regional Plant Resource Centre (RPRC) in Odisha capital has brought the popular hangout under surveillance to put a check on such activities.
In the initial phase, the authorities have installed six CCTV cameras at various vital locations in the park.
“We have installed six CCTV cameras at four locations in the park. After monitoring for a month, we have plans to increase the surveillance area coverage,” said Shashi Paul, IFS and chief executive of RPRC.
Two cameras have been fitted at the main gate, two near the training hostel in the premises and one each at boating point and Children’s Park.
“The largest park in the city sees a footfall of around 300-350 visitors a day. In view of this, we are planning to enhance security measures in the park,” Paul added.
As many as 10 security staff keep vigil on the movement of visitors in each shift at the botanical park spread over 250 acre. Overall 30 personnel in three shifts are responsible for the security of the park.
The favoured destination for city denizens as well as the love birds looking for moments of togetherness was often in news for creepy reasons for which Ekamra Kanan is called as lover’s paradise.
The members of right-wing extremist groups often barged into this park on Valentine’s Day and harass young unmarried couples. Besides, it is alleged that anti-social elements bully and extort money from the young pairs cosying up with each other.