Out of the 42 surveillance cameras installed at important places of the city to provide security cover at a cost of Rs. 5.93 crore under the Chief Minister’s special grant of Rs. 100 crore, 23 are not functioning since the very day they were installed during 2009.

A complaint in this regard was lodged with the Lokayukta today by M. Lakshmana, Convener of the Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of My-sore (ACICM).

Lakshmana said that the contract for supplying, installation, commission and maintenance of cameras at vantage points in city was signed between MCC and Bangalore-based Nikhil Enterprises on June 30, 2009.

“The company has failed in installing good functioning cameras, as is evident from the report submitted to the MCC Commissioner by the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) during 2011, stating that 23 cameras were not functioning,” said Lakshmana in his complaint.

Lakshmana pointed out that the contractor, instead of installing surveillance cameras that rotate 360 degrees, has installed CCTV cameras that cover only one angle.

“The company has also not installed Wi-Max network for the cameras which are monitored from the Police Control Room. The existing network is of BSNL which will cost not less than Rs. 25 lakh per year,” said Lakshmana.

He urged the Lokayukta to probe the matter as he suspected large scale corruption.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore