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CCTVs at sensitive places in Bhubaneswar by December


OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 26

Taking a leaf out of the recent arrest of an accused in the rape and murder of a minor girl at Salia Sahi in the capital city with the help of CCTV footage recorded by a private individual, the commissionerate police has decided to set up advanced close circuit cameras at sensitive places in the city to keep tabs on anti-social elements.

Sources said, 103 high-end CCTVs would be installed in first phase under the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS) project at select places by the end the December at a cost of Rs 12 crore for which tendering process has been completed.

It has been decided to install the CCTV units near the State Secretariat, State Assembly, Rabindra Mandap, Reserve Bank of India, Lower PMG, Master Canteen Square, AG Square, Raj Bhawan Square, Kalpana Square, Rajmahal Square, Airport Square and Units-I and II market building areas in the first phase.

In the second phase, the cameras would be installed along the National Highways running through the city and other important places.

A state-of-the-art monitoring centre would be set up at the Commissionerate police building for surveillance of the footages round-the-clock.

The CCTNS project which is in operation in Angul and Kendrapada districts, envisages automation of all the 581 police stations in the state, 111 SDPO and ACP offices, 36 SP offices, 37 control rooms, eight police range offices and the state police headquarters in Cuttack.

Manoj Mishra