AAP government to start public consultations on installing CCTV

CM Kejriwal announces meeting RWAs first

New Delhi.

The Aam Adami Party Government of Delhi has begun the process of public consultations on installing 15 lakh CCTV cameras all over the city to curb criminal activities.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said officials will soon meet all resident welfare and market associations over installing CCTV cameras across the national capital.

“Delhi government will soon call a meeting of all RWAs and market associations in Delhi to discuss and finalise modalities of installing CCTV cameras across Delhi,” Kejriwal tweeted.

The installation of CCTV cameras in Delhi was one of the key electoral planks of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in 2015 to improve the security and safety of the citizens.

However, the question on the ways to install such a huge number of these cameras still persists. Experts say that the government would need massive data servers and a huge control room to monitor all the surveillance.

However, we don’t need to record and store TBs of unnecessary video data. Data could be stored only for the last 48 hours and then automatically deleted if everything goes fine, that’s how it works in most of the US and European cities.

Some cameras at important locations can record for a longer duration. We can keep aside an annual maintenance budget of 50-100 crores per annum for this.

We can assume that to effectively monitor all the live feed, we will need 2,50,000 screens in the control room. One screen can show live feed from 4 cameras at once. A 15″ lcd screen costs approximately 3-4k these days, that adds approximately another 100 crores to a one time installation cost.

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