High-resolution CCTV cameras will be installed at all significant locations around the Union Territory of Puducherry.
A. Namassiyam, the home minister of Puducherry, claimed that placing high-definition CCTV cameras across the territory will help cut down on crime and that police can track the movements of history-sheeters using facial recognition tools.
As a pilot project, up to 24 high-resolution face-recognizable CCTV cameras have already been set up within the boundaries of the Muthialapet police station. These CCTV cameras feature facial recognition software and night vision capabilities. The State Home Minister on Monday officially opened these cameras at the Muthailapet police station’s perimeter as a trial project.
For this initiative, the government is in talks with corporate businesses to include them in the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) financing.
The panic button on the CCTV cameras, according to Home Minister Namassiyam, will inform the police if activated.
The minister stated that the cameras would be watched from the police control center, where the footage would be stored for a week.
A total of 64 cameras will be installed on this line and the focus areas are Grand Bazar, Odiansalai, and Orleanpet police station limits. Police officials told IANS that more cameras would be installed using funds from the Smart City mission also.
(with inputs from IANS)