Hassan to get CCTV cameras at sensitive areas soon

CMC plans slew of measures to curb crime rate

In the wake of rising crime rate in the city, councillors stressed on installation of high-mast lamps and CCTV cameras at sensitive spots as a preventive measure, during the City Municipal Council (CMC) meeting held here on Wednesday.

CMC President Anil Kumar, who chaired the meeting, said that the local body is planning to release Rs 15 lakh to the Police department for installation of CCTV cameras. The councillors made suggestions on the spots, where the cameras can be installed and about their maintenance.

A few suggested that the cameras can be set up at schools, colleges, mosques, market, churches, temples, jewellery showrooms and sensitive places.

While some said, the maintenance of the CCTV cameras should be handed over to the Police department, some opined that the CMC should take up the responsibility. Anil Kumar said, a discussion will be held with the Superintendent of Police on July 2 and a final decision will be taken.

Details of works sought

Anil directed the officials to provide complete details of the works under progress in 35 wards of the city.

He alleged that the officials, who are hand-in-glove with the contractors, are purposefully delaying the works. “Following the delay, re-tenders are invited, indirectly favouring the contractors. There is no clear picture on the works being carried out in the wards of the city. The officials should provide information on the nature of work and their progress to the respective councillor. Engineers should make spot visits for inspection,” he said.

High-mast lamps

Talma of Congress complained that the long-pending demand for high-mast lamps has been ignored, citing lack of funds. There are no basic amenities in slums, while funds are being released for other wards, she lamented.

Responding to her complaint, Anil Kumar said, a proposal has been submitted to the district administration, seeking Rs 20 lakh for high-mast lamps. However, in case, the proposal is not considered, the CMC will take up the works, he added.

Councillor Prakash pointed out that the work on the community hall has not been completed. “Though my grandfather has donated land for it, the officials have not considered his name for the hall,” he complained.

Funds

There were allegations and counter allegations in connection with the allocation of funds to various organisations. Some members opined that a few organisations have been formed just to gobble up funds.

It is necessary to ensure that the funds are not misused, they stressed.

However, the discussion on the topic ended after the meeting resolved that the organisations that are referred by the councillors, on their letter heads, should be considered.

Anil Kumar informed that the helpline has been renamed as ‘Janahitha’. Public can lodge their complaints on drinking water, waste management, power and other problems.

CMC vice-president Leelavathi, Commissioner Nagabushan, councillors and the officials were present.
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