Jammu: In order to control crime on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway, the state government has decided to install 80 close circuit television cameras (CCTV) on one of the arterial roads of the state.

Initially the state police would install 27 CCTV at vital locations for which the equipments have already been procured.

The cameras would be monitored from the Special Surveillance Centre to be established in the Police Control Room. This move has been initiated by Union Home Ministry after the success of CCTV cameras in cities of Jammu and Srinagar.

“CCTV cameras play a prominent role in keeping an eye on doubtful people. After Jammu and Srinagar, now cameras would also be installed on the highway. This will help in managing traffic as well as controlling criminal and terror activities,” said Kuldeep Hudda, Director General of Police, J&K.

In Jammu, CCTV will be installed at road crossings at Ramnagar, Nagrota Chauk, Nandini and Jhajjar Kotli. Pantha Chauk, Cantonment Board and Avantipura are the locations where cameras would be installed in the state capital Srinagar.

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is very often targeted by terrorists , where the deadliest Udhampur car bomb blast took place.

Terrorists have targeted security forces many times on the Srinagar highway as well. CCTV cameras have proved successful in catching the killers of a woman in Katra and a taxi-driver on Nagrota highway.