On the backdrop of four low-intensity bomb blasts on the busy Jangli Maharaj Road in Deccan Gymkhana on Wednesday, Mayor Vaishali Bankar announced allotment of Rs 1 crore for the purchase of new CCTV units for the city police.
The decision was taken following Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) being blamed for non-functional CCTV cameras on J M Road. Without specifying the number of CCTV cameras to be purchased, Bankar said, “The decision was taken in a meeting with the civic body’s Commissioner Mahesh Pathak, Deputy Mayor Deepak Mankar, Leader of House, PMC, Subhash Jagtap and All Party Leader President Chetan Tupe.
“PMC has agreed to fund the purchase of CCTV units under the condition that the police will record and maintain all the equipment. We are not taking any responsibility of maintaining the CCTV cameras anymore,” Bankar said.
Pathak reacted strongly over the PMC being blamed for the non-functional CCTV cameras. “Don’t blame PMC as CCTV cameras are not our responsibility. Security is a police concern and the government should do funding. We are going out of the way and working for the police. The CCTV at J M Road was only for traffic violation detection purposes,” Pathak said.
He admitted that only one CCTV camera installed at Balgandharv junction for traffic surveillance purposes was not functioning, which would be rectified after getting approval in the municipal standing committee meeting.