Punjab government has embarked up on the ambitious plan to develop Ludhiana and Amritsar as safe cities under Safe City Project. The project for which a substantial work has already been done, is likely to get a final shape by the end of 2016.
A multinational firm, Pride and Water Cooper, was roped in for completing the survey regarding installing CCTV cameras last year. The most effective points have been identified with the help of city police. The cameras are to be installed in three phases. For Amritsar, in the first phase, around 450 cameras would be installed at 180 points. A total of 1,577 cameras would be installed at 432 points in the city.
According to Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal Amritsar and Ludhiana would be Punjab’s first two cities to come under “Safe City project”.
Under the project these cities are being equipped with ultra-modern security devices which would ensure safety and smooth flow of traffic. A survey has also been completed for Ludhiana for installation of cameras.The project would not only help keeping a check on rising crime in the cities, but also in regulating traffic and identifying traffic violations.
Special main control rooms are being set up for keeping and scrutinizing the recordings of the cameras by the designated staff. Besides maintaining the data this staff would give regular reports to the officials about the violations. Senior officials involved with the project maintain that it has also been decided to coordinate and connect with the CCTV cameras installed outside various banks, shopping malls and jewellery houses, which will not only increase the vigilance would also help in keeping a check on crime and traffic violations ensuring most parts of the cities are covered.
Through safe city project, the government also plans to implement the Automated Traffic Monitoring System. The hi tech system helps detecting traffic violations. After identifying the violation challans can be issued to the violators by identifying the owners of vehicle through the records in the District Transport Department. For Ludhiana under the Safe City project, 1200 high resolution CCTV cameras are being installed in 160 different places.
According to Commissioner of police Paramraj Singh Umranangal, “The CCTV cameras would be useful for police to monitor the entire city. And it would set an example for other cities in the state.
In fact it was in a bid to give a fillip to the Safe city project that the Punjab government has sought funds to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore for Ludhiana alone from the centre government. “The Centre should allot at least Rs 2,500 crore for Ludhiana as the amount of Rs 500 crore was not enough for overall development of the city,” recently Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal has stated, while raising the demand from centre. Badal also claimed that the state government was keen to invest Rs 500 crore in Ludhiana alone.
The government plans to make the roads in and around cities too safe and less vulnerable to accidents. The government has planned construction of elevated roads at the cost of Rs 1,100 crore in Amritsar. Besides all national highways and state highways of Punjab are being upgraded by spending Rs. 5,000 crore. NHAI has also begun the six-laning with alignment starting from Sector-39 junction Chandigarh following NH-21 and NH-95 upto Samrala Chowk in Ludhiana under Build-operate- transfer model.Besides there is a plan to construct elevated road in Ludhiana, with a purpose to ease traffic in the city. It would start from Samrala Chowk to Octroi Post on Ferozepur Road at a cost of Rs 1,100 crore.