BHUBANESWAR: According to a recent news, Police control room (PCR) vans would soon be fitted with high frequency CCTV cameras to keep tabs on law and order situation at different places in the city. The commissionerate of police have engaged Odisha State Police Housing & Welfare Corporation Limited to commission the project.
Satyajit Mohanty, CMD, Satyajit Mohanty, said: “We have decided to put in place the PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) surveillance cameras on 33 PCR vans. There will be a device inside the vans to record footages. The reason of fitting CCTV cameras on PCR vans is to capture images of anti-social elements during law and order problems.”
As in news, the installation of cameras on PCR vans would be part of the proposed CCTV project to cover the entire city. Initially the government had planned to put CCTV cameras only at vital installations, but subsequently brought the PCR vans under the project.
As per the source, the proposed technological boost to PCR vans came amidst the growing concern about the fate of such vans, many of which are lying defunct, affecting patrolling in the capital.
A senior police officer said: “We have written to the state government, seeking allocation of more funds either to repair those vehicles or replace the old ones with new vans. Patrolling will definitely hamper if we do not have sufficient number of vans to cover the entire city, including some rural areas falling under our jurisdiction.”