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Criminal tracking system not on track

Noida police's project won't make the October deadline

Noida police's sluggish attitude has resulted in yet another delayed project-Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS). The project initiated by Home Ministry to facilitate effective and scientific crime investigation is still in pipelines, as the data uploading work was not completed within the stipulated period.

In the first phase, Noida Phase 2 police station, the only station in the area, was chosen for the pilot run and given the task of uploading all crime-related data. The software was be used in states to connect all police stations and enable the police to track criminals, real time. The time period for which the information was to be fed was from 1 April, 2008 to 31 March, 2011.

An IT executive was deployed at the police station for the task, and four constables and station house officer were to help him. Officials from nine police stations involved in the project were called by the Home Ministry in the first week of September to know about the progress.

Noida Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Jyoti Narayan, said, "There is a slight delay in the project but we are hoping to complete it soon. The entire project will be launched by next year." Once implemented, it will link nearly 14,000 police stations and offices of 6,000 senior police officers across the country. It will first be implemented on an experimental basis in nine police stations of Uttar Pradesh (UP), Kerala and Assam.

The plan
Funded entirely by the federal government and costing around Rs 2,000 crore, CCTNS, whose creation was approved in June 2009, will create a nationwide network. Using the system, a policeman in Delhi can access records, fingerprints and photographs of a criminal in the possession of any other police department in the country. Home Ministry eventually hopes to connect CCTNS with the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid), an intelligence system that will link 21 data sources including immigration records, airlines, mobile, bank and credit card transactions and also the networks of 11 intelligence and investigative agencies.

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