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Bokaro cops wake up to CCTV

- Chambers to pitch in with bulk of funds for Rs 4 lakh project to make steel town safer

Bokaro police are getting ready to install a closed-circuit television network (CCTV) to monitor traffic, and hopefully check crime, in a move mirroring a Delhi police initiative.

According to Bokaro SP Kuldip Dwivedi, as many as 29 cameras will be set up in Bokaro steel city, Chas township and later in Phusro (Bermo) with monitors being put up at the police control room.

The cost of the project, estimated to be around Rs 3.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh, will be borne by local industrialists under the leadership of Bokaro Chamber of Commerce.

“Unlike in Delhi, Bokaro police do not have funds earmarked for the installation of CCTVs. But, several organisations, including Bokaro and Chas chambers of commerce and City Centre Traders’ Association, have agreed to help out,” Dwivedi told The Telegraph.

Trial runs have already begun. And several senior policemen, including city DSP Anil Shankar, DSP (headquarters) Mukund Singh and inspectors Naresh Sahay and N. Prasad, have already got a first look at the proposed system.

All the cameras will be linked to the police control room where several monitors will keep track and record footage that could be accessed in case of accidents or other emergencies.

In the first phase, cameras will be put up at Naya More, Sector IV City Centre Market, Jodhadih More, ITI More, Chas Checkpost, and major intersections at sector IX, XI and XII.

Bokaro chambers of commerce president Sanjay Vaidya said he hoped the system would be up and running within two weeks. “To begin with we have organised Rs 1 lakh. If the need arises, we can collect more funds,” he said.

Dwivedi said they were looking at an expense of around Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 1.75 lakh in the first phase. “The installation of CCTVs, which will be linked to the control room, will definitely help check crime, keep a watch on traffic jams and even monitor activities of policemen posted at various crossings,” the SP said.