Hyderabad: The temple town of Tirupati which is visited by millions from across the country and abroad every year, is getting security and traffic facelift.
Police have embarked on large scale installation of CCTV cameras and new traffic signals to make the city safe for devotees and also local residents.
The town in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, about 550 km from here, houses the famous Sri Venkateswara Temple, run by Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD).
Inspector General of Police (Rayalaseema) V V Gopala Krishna has taken up the installation of 184 CCTV cameras and new traffic signals, covering the entire town, under the Mission "Safe City-Tirupati", a release from Andhra Pradesh government said here today.
Under the mission, which is the brainchild of the IG, a state-of-the-art command and control centre has been set up to keep a check on crimes and traffic violations, among others, it said.
The cameras have been installed at 35 major locations with a cost of Rs 2.5 crores. An additional 600 cameras will be installed in the next phase.
Meanwhile, new traffic signals have been erected at 18 sites with a cost of Rs 1 crore.
Police will connect the surveillance cameras in bus and railway stations and at TTD complex with the command and control centre, the release added.
Police have launched an "i-Follow" campaign to create awareness on traffic rules and reporting cases of violations and crimes. Tirupati Police have created a Facebook page to take complaints and feedback from citizens, the release said.
In a first, they have issued owner recognition cards to all auto-rickshaw drivers. Further, the city cops are open to accepting complaints if auto or taxi drivers overcharge customers.