Mangaluru, May 29, 2019: Further to the realistic views expressed recently by City Police Commissioner Sandip Patil on effectively implementing the Karnataka Public Safety Act - action has materialised practically.
As a result of the drive undertaken by the city police in making CCTV cameras mandatory at public places, private building owners have installed at least 210 new CCTV cameras in the Commissionerate and more are on the cards.
The Act mandates that private establishments must install CCTV cameras. All commercial buildings, malls, multi-storied buildings, hospitals and other public places should mandatorily install CCTV cameras.
The police had served notices to building owners who failed to install cameras. Now, the inspection of buildings has begun. With this, the number of CCTV cameras installed in public places has risen to 1,830. The Commissioner has a target of at least 6,000 CCTV cameras in private buildings.
City Police Commissioner Sandip Patil said: “A special drive was initiated to effectively implement the Karnataka Public Safety Act. The police are submitting information on the buildings that come under the Karnataka Public Safety Act. Already notices have been issued to the building owners”.
He added: “Few buildings have CCTV cameras. But they are not functioning. A few have CCTV cameras but no connection to the DVR unit.”
Traffic matters : The city police held traffic awareness programmes for auto-drivers and other passenger vehicle drivers. The crackdown against vans and autorickshaws ferrying schoolchildren exceeding their capacity, was successful in curbing the trend. “Strict penal action will be taken against violators,” the Commissioner cautioned.