The city police will install new CCTV cameras to help manage traffic and law and order.
What’s it about? In the next six months, the city will get more than 8,100 additional CCTV cameras at more than 2,700 locations. Chennai already has over 83,000 cameras, with more than 22,000 installed through sponsors. In 2021-22 the state government sanctioned ₹1.1 crores to repair and maintain existing cameras.
- The new cameras will include number-plate recognition cameras (ANPR), indexing cameras, and facial recognition abilities. The new cameras will be installed under the Safe City and Mega City Policing Project.
- More than 60,000 cameras were geo-tagged with unique IDs. It helped the police better monitor them.
Necessity: The new cameras will become the police’s third eye to help in investigations, better evidence gathering for prosecution, and help make public spaces safer for women and children.