Following the stalking case in Chandigarh, it was reported that half of the CCTV cameras on traffic signals were not functional. Even on Friday when the stalking incident took place, out of 93 CCTV cameras in Chandigarh on traffic lights, only 50 CCTV cameras were functioning.
All CCTV cameras in Chandigarh to be made functional
In the wake of the Friday night stalking incident in Chandigarh that became a national issue, the UT administration has taken notice of the non-functional CCTV cameras across different traffic lights in Chandigarh. The administration has promised that all the 93 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras that are installed at various traffic junctions will be made functional by the 11th of August.
Mumbai-based company blamed
The Chandigarh administration has put the blame on Mumbai-based company Schneider Electric India Private Limited for the non-functional CCTV cameras installed on different traffic lights in Chandigarh. It was reported that Schneider Electric India Private Limited had been allotted the contract to maintain the CCTV cameras till 2019 under a contract of 10 years. Every year, Rs 19 lakh is paid by the administration to the company for the maintenance of the CCTV cameras. Despite spending heavily on the cameras’ maintenance only 50 per cent of its cameras are functional. It was further mentioned in a report that on the Friday night when Varnika Kundu stalking
Despite spending heavily on the cameras’ maintenance only 50 per cent of its cameras are functional. It was further mentioned in a report that on the Friday night when Varnika Kundu stalking case happend more than 50 CCTV cameras weren’t working. When Vikas Barala, son of Haryana BJP chief Subhash Barala, was allegedly stalking and following senior IAS officer’s daughter only 50 CCTV cameras were functioning in Chandigarh.
Fine imposed on the company
It was reported, that despite several notices that were issued to the company the Mumbai-based company failed to maintain the CCTV cameras. The administration even imposed a fine of Rs 44 lakh in 2012. Following such a serious stalking case in Chandigarh, the maintenance company has promised to repair all CCTV cameras and make it functional within few working days.
It was also mentioned that due to a problem in the software, recording of the CCTV cameras is working properly. The issue of non-availability of recording facility would need an upgradation in the technology. The process is underway and would be completed in approximately three months.
Source: Hindustan Times