New Delhi: The national capital which has always been on terror radar is still lacking a highly equipped security cover. The chink in security system due to lack of on-camera monitoring was clearly visible when terrorists created mayhem in the heart of the city and managed to escape easily, without leaving any footprints.

Plans to install CCTVs at vintage points have been mulled over several times, but they have never been implemented.
Apart from this, CCTVs installed in some areas are also not maintained properly.

Moreover, the modern command room, equipped with hi-tech equipments, made during the Commonwealth Games is yet to prove its worth.

Few years back, the government had decided to install CCTV cameras at 27 locations on borders of Delhi and in 59 major market hubs. However, cameras have been installed only in 29 markets. Bordering locations are still to get surveillance cameras.

Keeping the CWG in mind, a plan was formulated under which it was decided that a digital command room will be set up in Police headquarters.

The CCTV cameras across the city were supposed to be linked to this control room, but now, CCTVs installed only at eight main markets will be connected to it.

For hi-tech surveillance, CCTV cameras are installed in main markets of the city including Chandni Chowk and Sadar Bazaar.

However, cameras are yet to be installed in other crowded markets like Lajpat Rai Market, Bengali Market, Bhagirath Place, etc.
The poor maintenance of these cameras has made the exercise redundant.

Sources say policeman manning these cameras are often non-serious with their work and are found to be either chatting with colleagues or are even found playing games on the computer systems installed in the control room.

JPN/Bureau