New Delhi: 24/12/2018

Cabinet approves Rs 120 crore proposal for CCTVs in Tihar, Rohini & Mandoli jails
The Delhi cabinet in its meeting on Monday chaired by the Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal granted its approval to the Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) recommendation for the installation of high resolution CCTV cameras in Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli prison complexes at an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore.
This proposal of the Home Department will be executed by the PWD and will include supply, installation, testing and commissioning of CCTV Surveillance System including comprehensive Maintenance at Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli Prison complexes.
The decision for the installation of adequate number of high resolution and ultra modern CCTV cameras in the three prison complexes has been taken for the following reasons :
·         To ensure there is no VIP treatment to rich and influential inmates inside the jail as has been repeatedly alleged and even reported in inquires conducted by various authorities, including judges in the past.
·         To ensure safety and security of inmates, since there have been incidents of violence which have even resulted in serious repercussions, including murders.
·         To ensure in complete transparency in the functioning of jails, since there have been reports that inmates are subjected to exploitation and violation of human rights.
·         This is for the first time in the country, that any state government has agreed to provide such a large amount for better functioning of jails and introduction of transparency in their functioning.
·         CCTVs are a very strong support system for the prisons administration and when properly implemented and maintained, there is sufficient evidence to state that it plays a critical role in deterring crimes.
Salient features of the project as submitted by PWD to Prison department are as follows:
·         PWD has already carried out the detailed survey of the three prison complexes along with the respective jail superintendants
·         All the three jails have desired maximum areas to be covered under CCTV supervision, which are legally permissible.
Integrated CCTV system with strong backbone connectivity will involve:-
a)    IP cameras for surveillance (73 Nos. PTZ, 1646 Nos. Bullet, 3910 Nos. Dome)
b)    Storage Area Network (SAN/NAS) using RAID 6 Hard disk arrays.
c)     All the new cameras shall have in-built Video Analytics.
d)   Network Switches for active connectivity.
e)    Fiber Cable for backbone connectivity.
f)      Copper cable for frontend connectivity.
g)    Back up for 30 days at two locations (Main Control room & Jail Control room)
h)    Five years Operation & comprehensive Maintenance.
EFC Recommendations:
The proposal for Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of CCTV Surveillance System at Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli Prison Complex was considered by the EFC in its meeting held on 12/12/2018 at an estimated cost of Rs. 120 crore. EFC in its meeting also recommended the following:
a.     Proposal shall be placed before the Cabinet for approval and sanction.
b.     Project shall be completed as per approved scope of work at the sanctioned cost within stipulated period. No cost escalation will be considered in future.

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