The State government has sanctioned Rs. 58.59 crore to the Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad city, for the implementation of city-wide CCTV surveillance system. Principal Secretary (Home) Rajiv Trivedi stated in the orders that a high power committee headed by Chief Secretary had recommended establishment of a city-wide CCTV surveillance system covering Hyderabad and Cyberabad Police Commissionerates as part of enhancing safety in the State capital.
In another order, the government sanctioned Rs. 20 crore for construction of Hyderabad City Police Commissionerate headquarters building at Banjara Hills.
The biggest hindrance in the implementation of the community CCTV project is the lack of skilled manpower, said Mahender Reddy, Hyderabad Police Commissioner. He said that though the government had brought in a law, which made it mandatory for commercial establishments to install CCTVs, the initiative was moving at snail’s pace as enough youngsters weren’t trained in the technology of CCTV operations.
“To make Hyderabad a global city with high standards of safety, we decided that CCTVs were important. We got good response from the community and about 10 vendors came forward to implement the project. But there is no proper execution and even deadlines are being missed due to shortage of trained people,” he said. Mr. Reddy was speaking at the first convocation of the Institute of Perfect Safety and Surveillance.