NTPC to be part of community CCTV project in Hyderabad

State-run NTPC has entered into a MoU with Hyderabad police to provide financial assistance of Rs one crore for the community CCTV project here. Under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and community development initiative, NTPC entered into a MoU with the office of the Hyderabad Commissioner of Police for installation of CCTV cameras in Old City areas falling under Kamatipura Police Station limits.

The Telangana government has started the process for setting up a 24-storied Command Control Centre at Banjara Hills.It will be connected with a city-wide community CCTV surveillance system consisting of over a lakh of CCTV cameras, Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahendar Reddy said. “This will act as one stop centre for handling all emergencies and crisis/disaster managements by all government departments. As part of this effort, Hyderabad Police started implementation of city-wide community CCTV surveillance system with the help of community support,” he said.

The CCTV camera project is the biggest of its kind to be taken up anywhere in India. Several vital installations will be mapped round-the-clock through surveillance cameras. The closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras technology will act as a force multiplier and help in checking crime and violation of traffic rules, he said. Reddy further said the Telangana government has come forward to invest about Rs 1,200 croresfor transforming Hyderabad City Police into a citizen friendly, citizen-centric and technology driven police organisation.

“One of the elements of this entire project has been to cover the city with 1 lakh CCTV cameras all networked and monitored at multiple levels. All the cameras once established and networked will be driven with analytics and we do expect with 1 lakh cameras in the city, Hyderabad would become safe and secure from the point of view of the commoner, women and children,” the Hyderabad Police chief added. The Old City consists of jurisdictions covered by about 30 police stations requiring a budget of about Rs 45 crore for coverage of the entire area under CCTV surveillance system, officials said.