Smile, You’re on Camera! Kadri Park to have CCTV Cameras to Curb Menace
Mangaluru: After quite a few complaints lodged by the daily walkers who make use of the park for their morning and evening walk, and also from other visitors who visit the beautiful and largest park in the City-the Kadri Park, the Officials of the The Horticulture Department, which manages the Kadri Park, are planning to install CCTV cameras on all prominent corners and footpaths inside this Park. The Cameras will be installed in the nearest as soon as the department gets funds from the government or through sponsors. It is learnt that Vijaya Bank and Karnataka Bank have already allotted funds for the development of the park- so there are chances that CCTV cameras could come up at the Park soon.
According to S Janaki S- the Senior Assistant Director of the Horticulture Department, where she has said, “We have plans to install CCTV cameras in the park if any sponsors come forward to offer funds. Many have offered sponsorship for the development of the park. Many banks have donated funds for various developmental works. The pergola in the children’s play area was sponsored by Vijaya Bank. Meanwhile, Karnataka Bank has sponsored solar lamps. Hence, we are expecting sponsorship for CCTV cameras. However, we are yet to submit a proposal in this regard to the government. We will have to get approval from the state directorate to implement the project. At present, Mangaluru East police (Kadri) personnel have been keeping vigil on the park and are carrying out regular rounds based on an application submitted by our department.”
Meantime Vidya Dinker, coordinator, Citizens Forum for Mangalore Development who had earlier raised her opinion during a meeting on the same issue at DC’s office, speaking , to Team Mangalorean said, “Instead of installing CCTV’s everywhere in the Park, police should develop a good relation with the visitors of the park and keep vigil on the premises. A non-intrusive eye on part of the police is better than CCTV cameras in the park, where people arrive for privacy. Park is a place where young couples or married couples come to spend some intimate time surrounded by green nature. They may not like being captured on these CCTV’s, thereby reveal their identity”.