In a bid to ensure all-out security to dwellers of the capital city, the government is going to install 5,000 closed-circuit television cameras and 39,666 LED lights in all wards of Dhaka North City Corporation. A state of the art CCTV control room would also be established to monitor those cameras, said officials. The 5,000 CCTV cameras would be set up at 1516 locations while the LED lights in all the roads of DNCC, implementing a Tk 442.14 crore project.
Of the amount, Tk 353 crore will come from the government exchequer and the rest will be contributed by DNCC. “In this regard, the DNCC has sent the proposal requesting to increase the time frame of implementing the project,” an official of the planning ministry told Bangladesh Post on Tuesday. The official said the project is supposed to be completed by December 2018. But DNCC who is going to implement the project has requested to extend the timeframe by three years.
The project evaluation committee (PEC) of the planning commission observed that DNCC did not start the project due to some procurement problem of LED lights and CCTVs. “So, they want another three years to implement the project,” said the official.The project was approved in February, 2017 at the meeting of the executive committee on national economic council held at the planning commission with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. But there is no development and progress of installing LED lights and CCTVs at the areas of DNCC.
A DNCC official said people living in the DNCC would come under the new security surveillance after completion of the project. “A control room and data storage centre would also be established as part of the project; so that the authorities concerned could take action quickly in case any violation occurs,” he said. A similar project would be implemented in the Dhaka South City Corporation too.
Meanwhile, the government plans to bring the entire Dhaka city under video surveillance under an ambitious project to ensure safety and security as well as to combat crimes. The finance ministry recently agreed to fund the Tk 5,000 crore project to be implemented by the police, after a similar scheme taken up in 2007 failed due to fund crunch, technical glitches and lack of expertise.
Under the new project, police will install 50,000 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and motion sensors across the capital. These cameras and devices will transmit footage and signals to the police control room in real time round the clock, alerting the police about any suspicious gathering or movement and any objects or bags kept unattended at a place for over 15 minutes.