WESTEN RAILWAY CCTV COST Rs2.5 lac PER COACHMumbai : BJP led Government implemented CCTV Scheme with per csmera cost nearly 20 lac but same project by AAP Delhi Government implemented by Rs 15000approx. As per many social activists public money wasted by Maharashtra Government by buying expensive camera and not doing more bargaining. Few suspect scam in CCTVproject at Mumbai.
Almost three years after coming to power, the AAP government is now working on finalising the proposal to install 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras in public places.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with PWD and senior government officials on Thursday to review the status of the project. Sources said the CM directed the officials to finalise the tender details in the next two months.
PWD, which would execute the project, has expressed concerns and offered suggestions regarding location, tender, maintenance and monitoring of CCTV cameras.
The government has allocated Rs 130 crore for the project in its 2017-18 budget, but it's planning to increase it as the whole project would cost up to Rs 350 crore. "The budget will be revised once PWD finalises the tender details. The camera and system specifications have been worked out and will be finished soon," said an official in the CM's office.
PWD had formed a technical committee, which had Delhi Police, PWD and IT experts, to work out the specifications. The number of CCTVs was decided at a meeting chaired by Kejriwal a few months ago based on the tentative demands received from MLAs. "MLAs were asking for 5,000-6,000 cameras, but it was decided to install 2,000 in each assembly constituency," the official said.
However, sources said that no survey has been conducted to assess the actual requirement.
The government plans to install these mainly in residential colonies and markets. It has asked MLAs to identify the locations in their respective constituencies with help from local RWAs, market associations, PWD and police. As the project aims to ensure safety of women in public places, PWD has suggested that these cameras be installed at arterial roads, markets, parks and other public places.
The CCTV project was AAP's poll plank in 2015. But so far, cameras were being installed either through MLA funds or a similar project for schools and buses. The city-wide plan has been pending.
The agency that would install the cameras would also maintain them for five years. "If there is a problem with a camera, SMS alert will be sent to the nearest RWA, beat constable, the company's maintenance unit etc. Under the service level agreement, it will be mandatory for the company to repair/replace the camera within 24 hours," said the official.
MUMBAI: In view of the recent theft of cash and valuables from passengers travelling by premium trains like Rajdhani Express from Mumbai, the Western Railway (WR) has decided to install CCTVcameras in every coach—including the pantry car—of the train. This means at least 40 cameras per train, and with Western Railway planning surveillance systems on all the five rakes, the total cost could be a maximum Rs 4 crore, sources said.
WR general manager A K Gupta, told mediapersons the first rake with CCTV surveillance system could be ready in two months, tentatively by Diwali.
"It will ensure we keep a hawk eye on thieves and unscrupulous elements on the train. This will not just act as a deterrent to criminals, but will also help solve crimes," he said.
Gupta further stated that four more rakes (including stand-by rakes), which are used to run the Rajdhani Express and the August Kranti Rajdhani Express from the city to Delhi, will be fitted with the surveillance systems by December end. "The objective is to ensure our passengers feel safe while travelling," he stated.
Sources said apart from thefts, passengers have complained that unscrupulous elements, in cahoots with railway staffers, enter the train. "We have also received complaints against ticket checkers for allowing such people to enter the coaches and we will be sending decoys to trap such officials," said a senior official.
Sources said the railways might opt for night vision cameras as most thefts have taken place at night. "We are still discussing whether to go for a single camera per coach or have two cameras on either sides of the coach," said an official, requesting anonymity.
The CCTV cameras, which have a capacity to record video clips for 72 hours, will be used to verify the complaints lodged by passengers against officials/ticket checkers. If any official is found guilty, stringent departmental action will be taken, sources said.
The Railway police can also use the camera footage as evidence to nail culprits in theft cases, especially if the crime is an 'inside job'. Sources said there will also be a camera in the pantry car to keep tabs on staffers.
At present, the cost of a CCTV camera installed on Humsafar or Tejas class train is Rs 2.5 lakh per coach, sources said.
Passengers demanded that the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express should also be upgraded in terms of services such as Wi-fi, infotainment screens, coffee vending machines, etc.