CCTVs, body scanners in high-security prisons

  • | Saturday | 18th November, 2023

Pune: The state home department has granted permission to the prison department to install CCTV cameras of superior quality and body scanners in high security jails.We have been permitted to install 7,222 CCTV cameras in 60 jails in the state. In the first phase, we will install 2,745 cameras, costing Rs 12 crore, in Yerawada, Arthrur Road, Taloja, Byculla, Kalyan, Thane, Amravati and Nagpur jails, said additional director general (prisons) Amitabh Gupta on Friday.In all, 945 and 800 CCTV cameras will be installed in Yerawada and Nagpur jails, respectively. Altogether 200 to 250 cameras will be installed in other jails. Gupta said, We will also install four body scanners in the first phase in Yerawada, Arthur Road, Byculla, Taloja and Thane jails. The body scanners will help us to curb smuggling of narcotics, sim cards and mobile phones hidden by inmates. He said, Frisking of inmates and use of metal detectors are not proving to be useful because prisoners find new ways to dodge it. We also published the following articles recentlyJail extortion: CBI seeks sanction to file FIR against Satyendar Jain, ex-DG prisonsThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has requested government approval to file a First Information Report (FIR) against former Delhi jail minister Satyendar Jain and former director general of prisons Sandeep Goel. The allegations involve extorting large sums of money from high-profile prisoners, including Sukesh Chandrashekhar, in exchange for providing a comfortable life in jail. The CBI claims that Jain, Goel, and others were involved in a high-level corruption and extortion racket operating in Delhi jails. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has criticized the move, while Jain denies any association with Chandrashekhar.AI-based CCTV cameras to make bus shelters safer, more efficientBus queue shelters in Chandigarh will soon be equipped with artificial intelligence-based CCTV cameras to enhance security and monitor bus services. The cameras will have face recognition technology and will count the number of commuters using the shelters. The cameras will be integrated with the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) already in place on Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) buses. The ITS has improved the functioning of the local bus service, and the addition of AI-based CCTV cameras will further enhance it. Other measures to improve the commuter experience include static route maps, mobile charging points, and solar panels for sustainability.500 CCTV cameras, 12 drones, 100 watch towers to keep eye on ghatsThe district administration in Patna, India, is implementing extensive security measures for the upcoming Chhath festival. Over 500 CCTV cameras, 100 watch towers, and 12 drones will be used to monitor the 100 Ganga ghats and their approach roads. Law and order and crowd management are top priorities for the authorities, who are also ensuring adequate lighting, barricading, drinking water, and toilets. The district administration will release a list of safe and unsafe ghats based on reports from sub-divisional officers and police. The declining water level in the Ganga River is also being taken into consideration, and parking facilities are being moved closer to the banks.

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