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Delhi Police prefer hiring than buying CCTV cameras

During the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi Police had spent Rs 5.58 crore on hiring security equipment which included CCTV cameras for eight days to guard the road events of cycling and marathon at a cost of Rs 1.04 crore.

Delhi Police keephiring security equipment rather than procuring them.Reuters

19 Feb 11:46 am IST

     

New Delhi: At a time when investigators aregroping for clues in the Israeli diplomat attack case due toabsence of CCTV cameras, records show that Delhi Police keephiring security equipment rather than procuring these while

guarding high-profile events.

During the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi Police hadspent Rs 5.58 crore on hiring security equipment whichincluded CCTV cameras for eight days to guard the road eventsof cycling and marathon at a cost of Rs 1.04 crore.

Besides, police had hired 37 CCTV cameras (21 fixed and16 PTZ) at a cost of Rs 5,208 daily per camera for eight days.All these CCTV cameras were hired and put for just eightdays in the high-profile New Delhi area, where the February 13attack took place and where residences and offices of PrimeMinister Manmohan Singh, all top ministers and bureaucrats arelocated.

"Instead of hiring, Delhi Police could have purchased atleast some CCTV cameras with the same money. CommonwealthGames was not held in Delhi in short notice but was awarded tothe city eight years before the event.

"Delhi Police could have planned in advance and installCCTV cameras permanently in vital locations and could havecaught criminals involved in incidents like the one involvingthe Israeli diplomat," a Home Ministry official said.

Delhi Police have already made the payment of Rs 79.5lakh for hiring CCTV cameras during the Games, though paymentof Rs 25 lakh has not yet been cleared due to the registrationof an FIR against a firm and its proprietor.

During the Games, Delhi Police also had also procuredsecurity equipment worth Rs 13.24 crore.

PTI

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