Haridwar: The close circuit cameras (CCTV) installed in the town by the police have failed to serve any purpose as most of the cameras are of low resolution and fail to capture clear pictures.  There are very few cameras capable enough to perform the job.

Moreover, 42 out of the 98 cameras installed in the district are not working.

During the Kumbh Fair last year, the police had installed the cameras to keep a strict vigil on the town from the control room. But with the conclusion of the fair, only 56 cameras are in a working condition.

Not only this, the police cannot recognise a suspect  in the crowd with the help of these CCTV cameras as the images are generally blurred and fade out on zooming.  The cameras also have a very poor resolution of 1.3 megapixels.

Moreover, the cameras are fixed and do not rotate due to which it is hard to keep an eye on the happenings. There are 50 fixed cameras while the rest are tilt, pan and zoom cameras that can be of little help to the police.