CCTV camera on Puri beach: Collector seeks report
The row over installation of CCTV camera on the beach here took a new turn today with Superintendent of police R K Singh denying any knowledge about the existence of such cameras.
The control room of the cameras was opened in the sea beach police station complex and the policemen were to monitor the live footages of the happenings on the beach.
Puri district collector N K Nayak when contacted said he has asked the Superintendent of police to inquire into the matter and take steps to relocate the cameras.
Tourist officer B K Jena, however,told the newsmen that the company has not installed cameras at the places indicated to it and said steps were being taken to remove the cameras pointing to bathing area of the beach.
Yesterday, a crowd of tourist mostly women, thronged to the sea beach police station and alleged the cameras were peeping into privacy of the ladies while bathing and demanded that these cameras should be withdrawn forthwith.
Official sources said Sequel Consultancy, a private company has been funded by the Odisha Tourism Department from the beach development fund to instal camera on the beach 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 facing the bathing area on the beach.
Beach Protection Council president Jagannath Bastia in a protest letter to the District Magistrate has urged him 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.
The installation of CCTVs,he said, would discourage tourist to take bath in these areas and likely to cause an adverse impact on tourism, Mr Bastia said.