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CCTVs to keep eye on Shillong

Shillong, July 31: Some sensitive locations in the city would be soon be having closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) as a measure to ensure safety and tackle crimes.

East Khasi Hills superintendent of police M. Kharkrang today told reporters here that 28 locations in Shillong would have CCTVs, which will function round-the-clock.

“Work to install CCTV towers is in progress in these locations, which include markets and commercial areas. We expect these cameras to start functioning soon,” he said.

The cameras are being installed under the Safe Secure Shillong project, where Rs 2 crore has been allotted for the state capital.

The project would also be implemented in Tura, the nerve centre of Garo Hills and the district headquarters of West Garo Hills. According to Kharkrang, functioning of the CCTVs in all locations would be monitored from police control rooms to be managed by at least eight people.

Launched in October 2012, Safe Secure Shillong aims at integrating community partnerships and technology to ensure the safety of citizens.

The rise in crimes and alarming increase in drug abuse in the city has become a cause of concern. To tackle the problem, the police want to guide youngsters and make them realise about the danger.

Under the project, the police have also reached out to youths by organising a number of awareness programmes.