CCTV cameras soon in Vaishnodevi shrine, en route
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 09, 2010, 17:44
Jammu: Closed-circuit television cameras will be installed soon in the cave shrine of Mata Vaishnodevi as well as on the route and base camp of the popular pilgrimage spot that had always remained on terrorist radar.

The CCTVs will be installed to ensure fool-proof security for the shrine, the Bangang-Bhawan route and the base camp of Katra town, Katra Superintendent of Police Shiv Kumar Sharma said. The cameras will help keep an eye on suspicious activity as a preventive measure against any possible terrorist attack, he said.

Vaishnodevi shrine, located in Trikuta hills in Jammu and Kashmir, is the second busiest shrine in the country after Tirupati temple with over 80 lakh pilgrims visiting it annually. Over 20,000-30,000 people pilgrims visit the shrine daily.

Under the project, 35 CCTV cameras would be installed at Katra and en route the shrine with two monitoring centres being set up at Katra police station and Bhawan police station, police officials said. Bhawan is the place where the shrine is located.

A police headquarter team had conducted survey for the points for installation of CCTV cameras for a week and prepared a full project report keeping the threat perception and tactical points in view.

Some of the points which have been identified for installation of cameras were Banganga, Charanpadika, Himkoti, Ardhkuwari, Sanjichat, Bhawan, Katra Bus Stand and Yatra Registration Centre.

A team of CCTV installation experts recently arrived in Katra and started their work, they said, adding that the entire work would be completed in a period of one month.

The 13-km distance from Katra to Bhawan is lit up with 710 powerful sodium lamps while parapet walls and railings set up along the track also take care of safety and security aspects. The shrine already has a three-tier round-the-clock security setup of Army, CRPF and police.

Surpassing previous pilgrim arrival records, Vaishnodevi had set a new milestone last year with over 82.05 lakh people thronging the cave shrine.


First Published: Sunday, May 09, 2010, 17:44

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