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The city police have initiated a proposal to install 1,000 CCTV cameras in various parts of Pune, including the 23 villages merged into the civic limits, to bring more transparency in the functioning of the force.

Pune police commissioner Amitabh Gupta told TOI, “We have 1,250 cameras and the installation of additional 1,000 cameras will help us in improving surveillance and taking action against traffic violators”.

Gupta added, “At present, cameras are installed at important chowks/junctions and other places. The need for installing more cameras was felt because of rapid urbanisation, increase in population and meeting challenges relating to crime after the state government merged 23 villages in the limits of the Pune Municipal Corporation. Lonikand and Loni Kalbhor police, then under the Pune rural police, have been merged in the city police limits.”

The CCTV camera proposal was prepared for long term and it was sent to the state government for approval through the office of the director-general of police.

The police chief said, “The cameras linked to the CCTV control room have helped the police in detecting a large number of criminal cases, including chain snatching, robbery and other serious crimes. The cameras are helping the police in maintaining law and order. We have taken action against traffic offenders via cameras and have recovered pending fines from them in a drive launched by the traffic police”.

“We are pursuing the proposal pending before the state home department to invite tenders to install the cameras as soon as possible,” he said.

At present, the Pune police have 1,250 CCTV cameras, the PMC has 2,726, the Pimpri Chinchwad police have 250 and there are 44,000 private cameras in Pune. The Pimpri Chinchwad Muncipal Corporation has proposed 640 cameras and the Pimpri Chinchwad Smart City Limited has proposed 550.

The government had installed cameras in the city after the German Bakery blast in which 17 people, including five foreigners were killed and 64 others were injured, at Koregaon Park on February 13, 2010.


Autor(en)/Author(s): Asseem Shaikh

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 05.06.2022

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