The ambitious project of using funds from MLA/MP Local Area Development (LAD) for funding the installation of the cameras seems to have hit a roadblock. Although the MLA and MPs from Pune have agreed to give money from their LAD funds for the project, lack of “clear communication” from the government has delayed the project.
After the series of terror attacks in the city, it was decided to use MP/MLA LAD to install CCTV cameras in the city. In order to give a holistic approach to the question, it was decided to appoint a single contractor who would be looking after the issue across the state. Post scrutiny of the proposal, the matter was then referred by the finance ministry to the home ministry.
Senior officers of the home ministry had stated in the State Council that the matter was in the last stages of tendering and the final tenders are expected to be out by October. Shiv Sena leader Neelam Gorhe said it was unlikely that the CCTV cameras would be installed before the Ganesh festival. “On the part of the MLAs and MP there was no second thought to give money for the project. However, the state government was slow in implementing the scheme,” said Gorhe.