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Authority withdraws CCTV on Puri beach

Posted on Dec 08, 11:57AM | UNI

High resolution surveilance camras installed along the beach were dismantled today and the contractor was asked to return the money he had taken as advance as he did not install the cameras at the designated places.

Puri District Collector N K Naayk asked the Sequel Consultancy, the company who installed the cameras to remove the cameras from the beach and issued a notice to refund the money.

The Collector issued the order after considering reports of police.

The administration had resolved to install two cameras to monitor the traffic and the antisocials harassing the tourits and had identifeid the places for the purpose.

But the contractor installed the cameras at places of his own choice which evoked a noisy protest from the tourists and the public as well.

Tourists, mostly women, had thronged to the sea beach police station two days back and alleged the cameras were peeping into privacy of the ladies while bathing and demanded immediate withdrawal of the cameras.

Sequel Consultancy, a private company was asked 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 had urged the district Collector 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.

Following reports the district collector had asked the superintendent of police to conduct and inquiry into the matter.