Hyderabad: Stepping up its security measures, Hyderabad Police will install 5,000 advanced CCTV cameras at all public places and junctions in the city. The step is being taken under the Safe City project and AP Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act-2013.
“We intend to install about 5,000 CCTV cameras under the Hyderabad and Cyberabad police commissioner ate limits,” Andhra Pradesh DGP V Dinesh Reddy told reporters here on Tuesday.
The state government in June had promulgated ‘AP Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act-2013′, which makes it mandatory to put in place certain public safety measures in all establishments in view of recurring incidents of terror attack in the city.
The Act makes it mandatory for all establishments, where a gathering of 100 or more people is expected at a time, to provide access controls and install closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras.
The Center has approved Mega-city Policing plan covering the Commissionerates of certain Metropolitan cities. Hyderabad was included in the plan for which a central allocation of Rs 48.10 crore has been earmarked for 2013-14 and 2014-15.
As per the Centre’s suggestion, preparation of a Detailed Project Report for the action plan is under process.
The plan will cover guidelines of Safe City project, such as CCTV surveillance, command control centers, Dial 100, data center, highway patrol cars, aerial surveillance, community policing, training of soft skills etc.
The DGP said 90 more reception centers or front offices will be set up in police stations across the state to provide people-friendly and accessible services.
“The reception centre is getting DE-linked from the core area of a police station and will have ambiance like any corporate office with a receptionist to receive complaints/ grievance petitions from citizens and initiate action to dispose of the petitions through counselling,” Reddy said.
Referring to ‘Dial-100 system‘ on the lines of emergency response agency like ’911′ in the United States, the AP police chief said they were daily getting 70,000 calls out of which 3,000 were ‘actionable’ calls.
Citizens seeking police assistance during emergencies can lodge a complaint from mobile phone or a land-line from any part of the state by dialling the toll-free emergency number ’100′ which is manned by the police department.
Reddy said, “We are adding two new battalions (number 16 and 17) for AP Special Police, which will be operational within 3 months and will be stationed at Karimnagar and Visakhapatnam.“