Sinlung /
12 August 2013

CCTV Surveillance for Guwahati

Guwahati, Aug 12 : More than 90 sensitive locations here in Assam's main city will be put under CCTV surveillance soon, police said Sunday.

L.R. Bishnoi, inspector general (Central Western Range) of Assam Police, said these locations will be monitored round-the-clock.

"While close to 200 cameras have already been installed in 90 locations, the remaining one location will be have CCTV cameras soon. We are now waiting for the server to come so that electronic surveillance becomes operational," he said.

A total of 36 officials in three shifts -- 12 personnel in each shift -- will monitor the live CCTV footage in 27 monitors in the control room. This will be a permanent arrangement to secure the city from militant attacks, the police official said.

The project to cover the city under CCTV surveillance was initiated in 2009. However, the project got delayed for many years.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, while reviewing the security of Guwahati with top police officials after the recent blast in Paltan Bazar July 28, had asked the force to speed up the process of installation of CCTVs.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (City) A.P. Tiwari said security in and around the city has been intensified, particularly after a boycott call given by militant outfits.

"It's a regular boycott call given by militants every year. However, we cannot take risks as they triggered three blasts last month across the state including one in Paltan Bazar," said Tiwari.

The ground where the Independence Day function will take place has already been secured, and entry and exit routes in the city have also been put under surveillance.


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