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Delhi civic bodies wake up to security threats

September 24, 2008 10:27 IST

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New security cameras, transparent garbage bins and even using the electronic eye for surveillance of trash cans -- the civic agencies are planning new security measures to protect Delhi [Images] after the deadly serial blasts.

Both the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and the New Delhi Municipal Council are drawing up new security measures in the aftermath of the terror attack in the capital that claimed more than 24 lives.

The humble dustbin is at the centre of much contemplation as several of the bombs that went off or failed to explode in the city on September 13 were planted in garbage cans.

"We are thinking of installing security cameras near garbage bins in various points in the city so that there can be effective monitoring. See-through dustbins can also help in preventing such incidents in future," MCD Standing Committee Chairman Vijender [Images] Gupta said.

These proposals are still in the level of "thought process", but the MCD has already moved to secure its headquarters and other offices.

The civic body is taking steps to regulate traffic around its main office in Town Hall, implementing new parking regulations inside the complex and plans to install surveillance cameras and stricter checking at entry gates.

The MCD had weeks ago adopted a new security plan for the Town Hall, which is a sitting duck for any possible attack in the congested Chandni Chowk, but the authorities moved to quickly implement the measures after the blasts hit the city.

Most of the blasts on September 13 occurred in NDMC areas and the agency says it will formulate a new security plan to decide how to protect the city better.

"We are drawing up a new security strategy soon," NDMC spokesperson Anand Tiwari said.

He said the civic body will install state-of-the-art security cameras in various markets. "We have finalised plans for setting up cameras in Palika Bazar, Palika Kendra and our working women's hostel," Tiwari said.

Citizens say the proposed measures are good, but technical surveillance coupled with more police presence on the streets are needed to bring back a sense of security among the people.

"What we need is more CCTVs and an alert police. The public will also have to play their part," Rajesh Sharma, a retired engineer residing in central Delhi, said.

A Delhi police spokesperson said effective preventive measures by the civic agencies will be of help to the force.

"We welcome any initiative that helps increase awareness among the public and strengthens the security network," he said.

He also said a series of measures are already in place for improving security of movie theatres in the city.

"These are part of the licensing conditions for cinema halls. We also conduct regular checking to ensure that the conditions are being met by the owners," he said.

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