Rs. 40 lakh spent on CCTVs, but not even one installed in Bangalore
The reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that the Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras that were ordered to keep a watch on the city's roads in Bangalore haven't been installed but the money sanctioned for the purpose has been spent.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had planned to issue CCTV cameras to ward level officers so that the head office could be alerted about the garbage and potholes problems.
The municipal corporation says that all the 198 wards were issued the cameras, each costing around Rs. 20,000 but the RTI queries show that none of the wards has received the cameras. The RTI activists state that funds worth around Rs. 40 lakh were sanctioned for the purpose and all of it has been spent but there is no trace of the cameras. They have alleged that a big scam is being covered by the BBMP. However, the city mayor refuted the charges of corruption stating that the plan has not been implemented yet due to procedural delay.