Gandhinagar, September 8: Gujarat Government has taken a massive step of installing CCTV cameras throughout the state with an aim to curb crimes and for the better system of traffic management. Notably, the CCTV cameras will be installed in 34 cities and six religious destinations of the state.
The Gujarat government will install a total of 7,463 CCTV cameras across the state under Safe & Secure Gujarat project which will cost up to Rs 245 crore and the work would be completed in a time bound manner in the near future. The project will also allow for better monitoring of gatherings, especially during festivals.
Under the project, control rooms will be set up at each of the district headquarters where the camera feed will be stored and analyzed. City areas in Ambaji, Dakor, Dwarka, Palitana, Somnath and Pavagadh will also be brought under the CCTV coverage. Earlier, the CCTV coverage was limited to temple premises and the surroundings.
Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja claimed that CCTV coverage in other states is limited to major cities but Gujarat will be the first to cover the whole state. He further said, "One of the reasons for installing cameras is surveillance and traffic management. At important places, there will one camera in each lane, which will help zero in on traffic violators. This will lead to better traffic discipline, reduce accidents and make traffic management easier."
Interestingly, Surat has already the first city in the country to have a modern, real-time CCTV surveillance network. This project was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was the then Chief Minister of Gujarat conceptualized by police commissioner Rakesh Asthana.