Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s flagship CCTV project will start from June 8. The CM said that the proposal and tender for 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras has been passed and survey for 70,000 cameras has already been completed.
CM Kejriwal said that the installation of CCTV cameras is likely to be completed by December adding that his cabinet will also pass another proposal for additional 1.40lakh cameras by the month’s end. He said that a total of 2.80 lakh cameras will be installed across the city.
Kejriwal further stated that the government will also install CCTV cameras in schools adding that about 1.5lakh cameras will be installed in the schools. The project has been started and this project will be completed by November. He also said that work is also on for installing cameras in DTC buses.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led government in Delhi had blamed the Centre for halting the project and that they have kept the files on hold for several times. The project to install the CCTV cameras got the approval from the Delhi government in August last year and three-years after the cabinet gave an in-principle approval to the project.
It was in September last year that the project got the administrative approval and expenditure sanctions at a cost of Rs. 571.40crore.
In the budget for 2019-20, the Delhi Government has kept Rs. 500crores for installation of cameras.