In bid to "keep an eye on suspects and prevent attacks by militants", the Jammu and Kashmir Police is set to start installation of Close Circuit Television Sets (CCTVs) in the state's major towns and cities, officials said on Sunday. The move, according to them, will help upgrade the monitoring system of the police and "curb crimes to a great extent."
"We will soon start the installation process. Every town and city will be covered under this project. We will have CCTVs in all sensitive areas and also on the state highways," J&K's Director General of Police, SP Vaid told Greater Kashmir.
He said the move will help "ensure better security management" and "keep a close watch on suspects."
Police sources said the CCTVs with inbuilt Network Interface Card (NIC) set-up would be remotely monitored from a control room with 41-inch plasma/TFT screens "to give minutest details of the areas."
"The cameras, fitted with 36 zooms, can rotate to cover an entire area or focus on a particular place. They will have the facility of day and night vision too and record things round-the-clock for 30 days at a stretch," they said.
Police sources said some old cable CCTVs are in use in Srinagar and Jammu since 2006 but "are not working properly."
"Tenders for purchase of the new wireless CCTV surveillance equipment have been already floated," they said.
The cameras would be installed in open places and high-traffic intensity roads, highways, bus stands, pilgrimage sties, cities and towns. "The CCTVs will be also installed at the main entry and exit gates of various security installations including police lines, police headquarters and police control rooms," a police official, privy to the plan, said.
The project is being funded by the Ministry of Home Affairs under its Modernisation of Police Force Scheme (MPFS).
According to a senior police official, the Centre's share will be 90 percent while as state has to bear 10 percent share.
"The project under the MPF commenced in 2013 and will end in December 2017," the official said.
According to MHA officials, the objective of the scheme is to gradually reduce the dependence of the State Governments on the Army and the Central Armed Police Forces to control internal security and law and order situations by equipping the State Police Forces adequately and strengthening their training infrastructure.