Grave Security Risk


Believe it or not, in a startling revelation it has come to fore that only an insignificant number of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras are keeping surveillance in the City of Temples to meet the security concern while the scenario is also not different at Railway Station Jammu where though most of the cameras are functional but image quality is very poor.More shocking remained the fact that those at the helm are least bothered to improve the scenario though the concerned people in police and other security agencies have repeatedly demanded replacement of all the cameras across Jammu city and also at Railway Station with the one having good quality image clearly for efficient surveillance. A report of recent inspection of entire Jammu city identified 70 locations in the city where CCTV cameras are necessarily required while as of now there are only 41 such cameras installed for surveillance purpose in the City out of which only a few are functional.
The non-functional cameras have developed technical snags due to which they are not working at all and this is the case for the last many years in Jammu city. Also many body parts in these cameras are made of rubber which has been permanently damaged due to heat of sunlight as most of these CCTV cameras face direct sunlight owing to their installation position. The public including business organizations are also helping the law enforcement agencies by giving access to the footages of their CCTV cameras, installed at their respective places, in case the need arises for that. Some of such camerasrecord movements on roads and streets and many times result in a big help to the cops and the recent case of grenade attack at General Bus Stand Jammu is an example of this wherein footage of a CCTV cameras at an eatery helped cops to identify the terrorist involved in the gruesome crime who was later arrested from Nagrota while fleeing to Kashmir.
Many times decisions are taken all of a sudden and work is done immediately. Suppose in the morning authorities decide to replace all the CCTV cams in Jammu city then there is a possibility that the work gets started by the evening and is completed during night. Though most of the cams are functional at Railway Station Jammu yet the visibility and quality of images obtained by them is a matter of concern while at the same time two platforms are left at the mercy of God in this regard.

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