Will conduct study to fix right spots for CCTVs first: Police chief
The city police conduct a study to decide the ideal locations to install CCTVs across the city and the technical and manpower requirements needed. The move comes after Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar announced Rs 30 crore for installing CCTVs.
City Police Commissioner Gulabrao Pol said a study will be conducted to choose the right spots to install CCTVs and their correct positions, besides fix the number of technical staff and equipment required. "We will conduct the study soon and submit a proposal to the government regarding the number of technical staff required for handling the CCTV project," he said.
A senior police officer said setting up a central control room is essential to monitoring CCTVs across the city. The officer further said that support will be needed from Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) for successful implementation of the CCTV project.
The PMC has installed CCTVs on J M Road, however, none of them was operating on the day of the low-intensity blasts as PMC had not paid dues to the contractor for connectivity with the control room. Sources from investigation agencies said had the CCTVs been functional, it may have given crucial clues about the suspects who planted the explosives on J M Road.
After the low-intensity blasts, police had collected footage from CCTVs installed by private shops and establishments on J M Road and from Kasba Peth, Budhwar Peth areas from where the suspects purchased three bicycles to plant the explosives. According to Pol, there were problems in getting details as most of the footage had grainy images.
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