Defunct CCTVs await Durbar in Jammu

Company Fails To Honor Maintenance Contract


Jammu, Nov 2: Even as the police department is burning midnight oil to beef-up security arrangements  ahead of Durbar move to Jammu, it is facing a major setback  in view of  defunct third-eye surveillance as all the Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) cameras installed across the city are lying defunct, since last many months.
 While the collapse of this vital surveillance mechanism is a major security lapse, sources said that out of 33 CCTV cameras installed in high security areas, only two or three are functional.  
 Sources in the police department informed Greater Kashmir that the vital surveillance system became redundant for want of proper maintenance. “All the cameras installed at 33 vital locations in the city have developed technical snags in absence of the proper maintenance”, they said.
 They further said that while monitoring through CCTVs was done by the Police Control Room, the responsibility of annual maintenance lies with the company which had installed the equipment. “The company was under legal obligation to provide maintenance services for these cameras and other apparatus installed in Jammu but unfortunately the state authorities failed to enforce the contract”, sources, preferring not to be named said.
 The company, according to sources, is refusing to provide maintenance services, over some dispute with monitoring authority - the Police Control Room, which led to collapse of the equipments,” sources informed.
 The police department had installed, 33 CCTVs at the most sensitive locations including High Court Crossing, Janipur, Parade Chowk, KC Chowk, Amphalla Chowk, Jewel Chowk, Satwari Chowk, Green Belt, Gandhi Nagar, Hotel Asia Crossing, Bikram Chowk, Dogra Chowk, Raghunath Mandir, Town Hall, Police Headquarters, CPO Chowk, Shaheedi Chowk, Raj Bhawan, Indira Chowk, Railway Station beside some other locations in year 2008. But presently all cameras are out of order, sources said.
 They said that the surveillance cameras had been providing very useful information to police and keeping a close vigil on subversive activities during the processions, traffic jams and movement of VIPs.
 “As the cameras had 360-degree rotation, their pictures keep a strict vigil on every movement in sensitive areas, which was very significant from security point of view”, sources said, adding that the Jammu Police had also solved few cases in the city with the help of installed CCTV cameras.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 2 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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