Delhi Police plans to bring in electronic round-the-clock surveillance in bustling marketplaces and other sensitive and vulnerable places where terrorist strikes are at high risk.
This move is in the event of the recent terrorist attacks in various Indian cities.
Currently, the police have installed CCTV cameras only at the busy markets such as Sadar Bazar, Ajmal Khan Road, Karol Bagh, Pahar Ganj, Chandni Chowk and Khan Market.
A senior Delhi Police officer said “However, the problem with these is that they are standalone systems with monitoring facilities only in the offices of the area's Station House Officer, the Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner”.
The new project will set up a central command and control centre for all the CCTV cameras across the city, the Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.
A global tender has been floated for the project and it will start as soon as a company is selected .
A briefing would be conducted on Thursday in the office of Joint Commissioner of Police (Training) PN Aggarwal to brief all prospective vendors who have expressed an interest in the project.
“We are looking at a combination of pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) and fixed cameras with day and night vision so that we don't face any technology handicaps,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.
The project would include integration and upgrading of existing CCTV installations.
The authorities are trying to integrate all existing systems for better coordination and effective response management in the event of an emergency.
“The bidders also have to suggest a suitable system of interface between the proposed CCTV system and the existing city video surveillance system and intelligent traffic management system,” another senior Delhi Police officer said.
One of the main aims of the project is to enable live monitoring of markets and vulnerable places for crime prevention and maintaining overall security.