Announcing a major achievement in terms of strong surveillance, Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi has surpassed cities like London, Washington and Paris and has been placed number one in terms of CCTV coverage in the world. While making the big announcement on November 3, the CM also the announced Delhi government’s decision to increase the quantum of CCTV coverage in the national capital.
He said, following the installation of 1.40 lakh cameras under the second phase of the project in the coming days, the existing tally of the cameras will go up to 2.75 lakh. The city will have a total of 4.15 lakh CCTV cameras.
CM Kejriwal mentioned that in the past seven years, the national capital has witnessed the installation of 2.75 lakh CCTV cameras covering each and every corner of the city. He expressed his delight while announcing that Delhi ranks the highest when it comes to the number of CCTV cameras per square mile in a city.
He also highlighted findings from a survey covering 150 States wherein Delhi stood first with 1,826 CCTV cameras per square mile. London followed with 1,138 cameras per square mile. Also, he mentioned that in India, Chennai stands second in terms of CCTV cameras per square mile but Delhi has thrice the number of cameras and nearly 12 times more than Mumbai.
The CCTV cameras have not only been a great help to the police force for conducting surveillance, investigation, etc. but also in enhancing women’s safety.
The CCTV cameras installed in the city are state-of-the-art devices. Apart from having four megapixels, they are capable of sounding an alarm to alert the command centre in case a camera has been damaged or a feature stops working.
The CM further mentioned, “The cameras can store 30 days of recording. Only three to four authorised personnel will have access to the live feed and will be able to view it from anywhere in the world. A command centre based in Delhi receives the live feed of all CCTV cameras for real-time monitoring.”