Arvind Kejriwal, the chief minister, announced on Thursday that the national capital had exceeded megacities like New York, London, and Shanghai in terms of the number of CCTV cameras deployed per square mile.He quoted a Forbes India article on the world's most monitored cities, which ranked Delhi first with 1,826.6 CCTV cameras per square mile, followed by London with 1,138. According to the survey,
Chennai came in third with 609.9 CCTV cameras per square mile, while Mumbai came in 18th with 157.4 CCTV cameras per square mile.In a tweet, he posted that, “I feel proud to say that Delhi beat cities like Shanghai, New York and London with the most CCTV cameras per square mile across the world. At first, Delhi has 1,826 cameras, while at second, London has 1,138 cameras per square mile. My compliments to the Delhi Government’s officers and engineers who worked on the project like a mission and achieved the feat in such a short time.”A press statement issued by his office later in the day stated:
“The Kejriwal government has delivered on its promise. Delhi ranks number 1 out of 150 cities across the world in terms of CCTV cameras installed per square mile. It beat cities like Shanghai, New York and London. Delhi has 1,826 CCTVs installed per square mile, three times more than Chennai, and 11 times more than Mumbai.”“Delhi ranks number one in the list with 1,826 cameras per square mile, followed by London with 1,138, Chennai with 609, and Shenzhen (China) with 520. Only three Indian cities feature in the top 20— Delhi at rank 1, Chennai at rank 3, and Mumbai is at rank 18 with 157 cameras per square mile,” the release stated.According to the statement, the government erected roughly 275,000 cameras in the first part of the project and is currently working on the second phase, which seeks to add 140,000 cameras.
The CCTV initiative is part of the government's bigger action plan to improve women's safety in the city, which was a major theme in the Aam Aadmi Party's (AAP) agenda for the upcoming assembly elections.The government further stated, “All CCTV feeds are highly secure, with hardware monitored by the community. Feeds are accessible only to authorised users, and the system itself is capable of automatic health checkups to detect disturbances and intrusions. The Delhi government ensures the security and privacy of all feeds collected, and ensures that it is only used for authorised purposes by authorised users.”
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