Two years on, still no CCTV camera for Manimajra

CHANDIGARH: The municipal corporation’s slowness in installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and new entry gates threatens the security of Manimajra residents.

This two-year-old project of installing the CCTV cameras was started on police recommendation after a series of thefts in the area in 2016. The station house officer (SHO) was then forced to conduct a survey to look for measure that can help control crime. Based on the study, he told the resident welfare association of Manimajra’s Modern Housing Complex that security cameras could help prevents theft, snatching, and other criminal activities.

The police department recommended at least 150 CCTV cameras for effective monitoring of Manimajra. As the resident welfare association (RWA) didn’t have money for the big project, it approached the local member of Parliament, Kirron Kher, and during her one of her visits to the area, she agreed to help. When no action seemed coming, the RWA sent a reminder to the MP for the release of money for the cameras.

The association went back to the MP, who promised to issue money from her local area development fund. The RWA also had several meetings with municipal commissioner K K Yadav and mayor Davesh Moudgil in the past three months but the project remains unfinished. In the communication to the MP, the RWA had claimed that security was deteriorating in the area and their boundary walls had been breached. The gaps have not been plugged despite complaints.

RWA president Colonel Gursewak Singh said: “At the last meeting, the MP told us police had written to her to know who will maintain and operate these cameras, and that the project was stuck over this question. The RWA had then agreed to take the responsibility.” Referring to the last meeting with the municipal commissioner, in which he had said that the MC will take care of the maintenance and residents will not have to bother, the colonel said there had been no progress thereafter.

He said that after the last reminder to the MP, an official from the engineering department had visited Manimajra and sought details of the police recommendations from the residents. The official told the residents that his department had been asked to conduct another survey and send a report to the deputy commissioner. The funds under the MP’s local area development (MPLAD) scheme will be released if the survey recommends so. The department concerned will also have to submit cost estimate for this project.

Most of the recommended CCTV cameras were to be installed at spots where the walls are breached. Police had also recommended installation of new entry gates, since the existing ones are in a bad shape.

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