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CCTV on Puri beach triggers resentment among tourists and locals

Posted on Dec 05, 09:41PM | UNI

Tourists and locals today raised hue and cry over installation of CCTV in the bathing area along the sea beach here and many of them, mostly ladies, thronged to the sea beach police station demanding deactivation of these cameras.

They alleged that cameras were projected towards the surf where they tourist bathed on sea.

Official sources, however, said it was resolved in the civic body council to install CCTV camera units at various places of tourist congregation along the marine drive road covering the beach and the road to help police monitor the traffic and to curb hooliganism and miscreants harassing the visitors In the first phase, two cameras were installed at weather pole point area popularly known as Digabareni Chhak while another at the Mahodadhi Nivas facing the sea waves a couple of days ago.

The monitoring cell was installed inside the sea beach police station.

When these were examined to ascertain their functioning, footages of semi-nude women and spinsters bathing in the sea were found. This raised a furore.

Civic council members said the cameras were to be fixed facing the road and beach, not towards the bathing area.

Meanwhile, Beach Protection Council president Jagannath Bastia in a protest letter to the District Magistrate urged to relocate the cameras as determined by the civic body.

He said the contractor, who was paid Rs six lakh by the Tourism department from the beach development fund, had violated the terms.

This installation would discourage tourist to take bath in these areas and it was likely to cause an adverse impact on tourism, Mr Bastia added.