October 7, 2013
KMC to install gadgets to monitor security guards
Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has come up with a unique idea of installing electronic gadgets in all its 45 markets in the city to monitor the movements of private security guards.
Senior officials of the concerned department said that the step has been taken to iron out security lapses in these markets.
Several electronic devices will be installed at different points in a way that they cover the entire market. The devices will record the movements of the security guards.
Every security personnel will have an individual identity-card, to enter into the market and these cards will help the devices record the movements inside the market. The devices will also show how many times a security personnel have visited the point where this particular device has been installed.
KMC officials will have a detailed record of the security personnel especially in the night and this will enhance the security issue in these places.
These age old markets were always neglected by the previous government as a result of which several disasters took place. Even after repeated mishaps, the Left Front government had turned blind eye to the safety and security at these places, where several lives were at treat. A devastating fire that broke out at Surya Sen Market in February this year, killing several people, pointed out the security lapses in the markets.
After frequent outbreak of incidents of fire in the city, Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee had asked the KMC to enhance surveillance and to prepare a database on the overall condition of markets.
Since then KMC has taken several steps to enhance the overall infrastructure of its markets. It recently assigned a private company to shoot a video of the infrastructure of around 358 markets in the city including 45 KMC markets to assess their overall condition.