Hyderabad is getting extensive CCTV surveillance system to enhance the safety of the capital city. The city already has as many as 15,000 CCTV cameras for better vigilance and 64 CCTV cameras have been installed by city police at the KBR park area.

 

Initially, when the K Chandrasekhar Rao government came to power, it had the plan to set up about one lakh CCTV cameras in Hyderabad similar to London. However, after almost two and half years the city police have installed 12,000 CCTV cameras inside the city as part of the Community City project and around 3000 cameras have been set up in the outskirt of Hyderabad, reported the Times of India.

 

Talking about the need and benefits of the CCTV camera surveillance, Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahender Reddy, stated that people are cooperative and the footages captured by these cameras have helped in solving cases. 

 

The public safety act makes it mandatory for residential complexes and business establishments to install CCTV cameras, and under the Community CCTV Project, the Hyderabad police have been able to create awareness among people about the benefit of CCTV cameras, the police commissioner was quoted by the daily as saying. 

 

The local police have already identified the spots where the camera surveillance is required and hosted a meeting with the community members as part of the community project. The community members then pooled in money for installing the CCTV cameras. The footages captured on these cameras can be monitored and stored in the local police station.

 

Apart from the community project, the state government is also funding for the installation of 10,000 CCTV cameras in Hyderabad. Also, to ensure that the footages captured by the cameras are monitored, the city police is installing and procuring a number of software tools.