Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Girish Bapat yesterday blamed non-cooperation between Home Minister R R Patil and Commissioner of Police Gulabrao Pol for absence of CCTV cameras -- to boost security and surveillance -- in the city.
“During our telephonic conversation with R R Patil, he claimed that the chief secretary has signed and finalised the tender of Rs 253 crore. This process is going to be time-consuming. We had demanded that separate tenders for every city, including Mumbai, Pune and Solapur, be floated to expedite the process. The state government is not serious about this issue and is not cooperating with Pol,” Bapat said.
Bapat made the comment while addressing mediapersons inside the police commissionerate, where a delegation of Sena-BJP leaders had gone to meet Pol to protest against the ‘ill treatment’ meted out to Ganesh mandals by the police. BJP city president Anil Shirole, MLA Madhuri Misal, and Gajanan Kirtikar, MLA Mahadev Babar, corporator Prashant Badhe and Ajay Bhosale of Shiv Sena were a part of the delegation.
Bapat said after the serial bomb blasts on Jangli Maharaj Road in 2012, elected representatives had given Rs 15 lakh to Rs 20 lakh each for installing CCTV cameras at various important locations in the city.
“A year has been lost in the tendering process and the city is still devoid of surveillance cameras. Had these cameras been in place, we could have nabbed the murderers of Dabholkar, and enhanced security measures during Ganeshotsav at sensitive locations.” Refusing to comment much on the issue, when contacted, Pol said, “You can ask the elected representatives whatever you want to.”
>> Allow Ganesh mandals to play traditional instruments, including dhol-tasha, even after midnight deadline
>> Don’t register individual cases against performers of dhol-tasha troupes
>> Don’t confiscate sound systems for violating norms
>> Don’t register extortion cases against mandal members for demanding ‘vargani’ (donation) from businessmen, advertisers, etc.