Indian City make CCTV compulsory in public areas
9 August 2012
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued orders for 24x7 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to be mandatory in all public places in the city.
Municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak issued the orders which apply to shopping malls, cinema halls, commercial buildings, shops, company offices, auditoriums, markets, religious structures, hotels, important tourist attractions, exclusive business buildings and historical buildings.
"Owners will have to install CCTV cameras which will store footage for at least a month. All such property owners should install them in a month from August 7 and submit report to ward officers, who in turn will report to the municipal commissioner," the press statement issued by the PMC said.
The civic body approved the Development Control (DC) rule amendment, according to which commercial places would have to install CCTV cameras and make changes in their structures to improve fire safety and security on their premises. However, there is no compulsion on housing societies to put up cameras.
The steps taken follow a bombing in a bakery in 2010 where 9 people died and a series of explosions on August 1 along the Jungli Maharaj (JM) Road.
Critics have pointed out that the cost of installing CCTV across the city will hit business owners hard.
Vikas Mathkari from the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) reportedly said: "Law and order is the responsibility of the Pune police and not the PMC. The municipal commissioner has no right to issue orders to install CCTV cameras. Why should citizens bear the burden of its installation and maintenance cost?"
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