Attribute it to the Swapnil Walke murder case or otherwise, the district administration, police and Margao Municipal Council have all agreed to revive the defunct CCTV surveillance cameras in the commercial capital.
As a first step, it has been agreed at the meeting called by South Goa District Collector Ajit Roy and attended by Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, district police Chief, SP Pankaj Kumar Singh, and traffic and MMC officials that around 15-16 out of the total 37 cameras should be repaired on priority so that these start functioning from the first week of October.
The contractor, who had installed the surveillance cameras in 2014, explained to the officials that around 15-16 big size cameras, which can be repaired and put to use, will be repaired before the first week of October.
Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat informed after the meeting that while the contractor will repair the CCTV cameras, the Margao Municipal Council will foot the bill for the repairs. “The contractor was invited for the meeting by the Collector to find out what had gone wrong with the cameras. The contractor explained that the cameras could not be repaired after a period of one year since no agency was willing to sign the annual maintenance contract for the repairs and maintenance of the project,” Kamat said.
It was further agreed that while the contractor will test each and every camera before taking them for repairs, the traffic and the Margao police would hold a meeting immediately to decide on the locations for the installation of new cameras across the city.
It was also decided that the CCTV surveillance cameras as and when they are revived after repairs will be monitored from the Police Control Room (PCR) room, Margao