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Push for road e-vigil

You may soon be caught on camera virtually everywhere in Ranchi, if city police and Federation of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FJCCI) has its way.

On Wednesday, representatives of both police and the trade outfit started surveying shops, restaurants and hotels, instructing all establishments to install CCTV cameras, of which one must face the road.

Complete electronic surveillance will keep a leash on crime in the wake of recent terror activities, they hoped.

The teams started with shops located on a 3km stretch from Albert Ekka Chowk to Sujata Chowk on Main Road.

“We could cover 80 out of the 100-odd shops today (Wednesday). Everyone assured cooperation. Few shops have already put cameras facing the road, others will be doing so soon. The move will bring the entire 5km-long Main Road under camera,” said FJCCI president Bikas Kumar Singh.

City deputy superintendent of police (DSP) P.N. Singh said the administration was working on a centralised monitoring cell in Ranchi after the terror links surfaced. Once the infrastructure is ready, all cameras will be linked to the control room.

“It will take time. Meanwhile, we have asked all business establishments to put at least one camera at their entrance. In case of any theft or crime, CCTV footage will help us nab culprits,” said Singh.

He went on to add that banks have also been directed to do so at their branches and ATM kiosks.

The district administration also launched a road safety campaign from Wednesday. The traffic police began slapping spot fines on auto and bus drivers for illegal parking.

On Day One, about 35 autos and five buses were fined. Superintendent of police (traffic) Rajiv Ranjan said repeated requests to Ranchi Municipal Corporation for proper bus and auto halts yielded no results. “Whoever is found parking or stopping illegally will be fined,” he added.

Five areas have been zeroed in for the drive.

“Ratu Road, Radium Chowk, Harmu bypass, Kantatoli Chowk and Sujata Chowk are key points. If these are monitored well, the city will have better traffic,” said Ranjan.

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