New Delhi: The long wait for installing CCTV cameras on the Delhi High Court premises, which is on target of terrorists, is a matter of grave concern.

Surprisingly, even after three years the paperwork for the installation of the cameras hasn’t been completed whereas the tenders for them were to be issued within three months.

It won’t be wrong to mention that had the CCTVs been placed, the perpetrators would have thought twice before executing the blast and the investigating agency would have got help to nab the culprits.

It should be noted that three years back, the government planned to install 32 CCTV cameras at different places of the High Court premises.

According to sources, tenders were cancelled thrice after no consensus was reached on the price of the cameras.

After a bomb blast on May 25 this year, the process of installing the cameras gathered momentum but after the Delhi Police informed the PWD that 49 cameras had to be installed instead of 32, the process began again.

Till date, Rs 60 lakh have been spent in this regard.

PWD Director Sudhir Kumar said the tender procedure was over in June but the Delhi Police had demanded 17 additional cameras after which we had to re-work on the scheme.

Delhi Bar Council Chairman Rakesh Tikku said, “We had demanded installation of cameras, but the Delhi Police did nothing in this regard. It is the responsibility of the police to provide security inside and outside court premises.”

The police cannot say that the region outside the court is not under their jurisdiction, he added.

JPN/Bureau