The Delhi Police has shelled out Rs 2.5 crore to rent CCTV cameras in order to fulfill security needs for the Independence Day celebrations. Notable, the AAP government has failed to install the 15 lakh surveillance cameras the party promised in its election manifesto.
Ahead of Independence Day celebrations in the city, the Delhi Police seem to be bearing the brunt of the Kejriwal government’s failure to install CCTVs as promised in their manifesto.Cops have had to shell out more than Rs 2.5 crore to arrange 600 CCTVs on rent for around two weeks for security purposes in view of I-Day celebrations.
Senior police officials said that if the Delhi government had installed adequate CCTVs, then there was no need for the department to rent the large number of cameras and divert funds. The AAP, in its election manifesto, had promised around 15 lakh CCTVs in the city.
Sources told Mail Today that from the past few years, in order to keep a tight vigil during I-Day and Republic Day events, Delhi Police have been arranging the cameras on rent.
“The amount spent in paying the rent twice a year would be sufficient in setting up a full-fledged security system elsewhere. We are totally wasting the money on rent,” said the officer. “These 600 CCTV cameras are arranged with the help of open tender.”
It is worth mentioning that earlier the high-end cameras used to cost around Rs 50,000. They are now available for Rs 15,000.
RISE IN THREAT PERCEPTION
According to police, this year there has been a three-fold increase in the threat perception and therefore, apart from a seven-layer security, the number of CCTVs has also been increased compared to previous years.
Senior officers confirmed that a bulk of the cameras has been installed in and around Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation. The cameras will also cover the route followed by the PM. The cameras include high-end ones, normal cameras, night vision and pan cameras.
Mail Today had earlier reported that a centralised control room has been set up as part of the security cover for Independence Day. Specialised units such as quick reaction teams, bomb squads and dog squads are also being deployed, along with commando units of Delhi Police, at sensitive points.
87 CCTV CAMERAS INSTALLED IN 2016
It is worth mentioning that in the past eight years, more than 4,000 CCTVs have been installed at various locations in different phases in the national Capital.
In 2016, Delhi Police managed to put up just 87 surveillance cameras despite the crime rate going up by over nine per cent as against the previous year.
“As the Delhi government failed to fulfil its promises, the police department is planning to integrate over 1.8 lakh CCTVs that are already installed by the residential and market association with local police stations,” the officer said.
Mail Today had also reported earlier that to make the national Capital more secure, police are likely to make it mandatory for all residents and shopkeepers to install good quality cameras outside their buildings.