Dodgy cameras mar CCTV camera project in Indian district

India – The ambitious closed circuit television (CCTV) camera project, launched by chief minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneswar, India, in February, has come unstuck as most of the cameras are of poor quality and cannot legibly record vehicle number plates or recognise faces of people – according to media reports.

An audit by the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) said the faulty ‘city surveillance system’ has taken its toll on traffic management and crime control. State-run Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OSPHWC) Limited installed at least 112 CCTV cameras at 28 locations at a cost of Rs 7.06 crore through a private agency.