Panaji: Over three dozen CCTV cameras
will soon start capturing all the movements and activities on
Goa`s crowded beaches, as part of state government`s nitiative
in curbing illegalities on the shores.
Goa Tourism Department has moved a proposal of
installing more than 36 CCTV cameras at vital locations,
mostly crowded beaches, which would be monitored 24X7 by a
dedicated control room back in the capital city of Panaji.
Tourism director Swapnil Naik said that the state
Tourist Department security force, a semi-police force in the
making, will be empowered to monitor these cameras through a
dedicated control room.
Tourist Security Force is still being formed, as
recruitment for this elite force was held back by the
erstwhile Congress-led government and now the BJP-led
government is expected to revive the process.
The proposal for CCTV cameras worth Rs 2.5 crore is
likely to figure in the state budget that would be presented
by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar tomorrow.
Naik said, "At present, cameras do exist at 18
locations, which monitor the activities only during the day.
They don`t have a night vision facility." Goa has 105-km long
Drishti Special Response Pvt Ltd, a private firm
assigned the job of keeping life guards on the beaches, is
handling these low-visibility gadgets, capturing black and
"The existing cameras would be upgraded and additional
cameras with night vision facility would be installed on the
beaches," Naik said adding that similar cameras are also
proposed to be installed at churches and temples, which are
According to officials, the cameras will be able to
keep a vigil on the activities on the beach during the nights.
DGP Kishen Kumar, during his recent visit to the beach
had expressed dissatisfaction over the security arrangements
here. Kumar had assured to step up the security to avert any
possible terror attack.