28 August 2019
Balangir: Haldi village under Muribahal block of Balangir district is believed to be the first in Odisha to be under CCTV surveillance with around 29 CCTV cameras installed across length and breadth of the village.
As National Highway 59 is passing through Haldi, many trucks parked near the village during the night following which some cases of theft came to notice of the villagers. Besides, the market near the village square which connects Muribahal with Badamunda and Titlagarh was a crime prone area.
It was after Haldi Sarpanch Gopinath Panigrahi received some complaints from the local business owners that their shops are being targeted and a theft was reported, the issue was taken up in the monthly meeting and it was decided to install the CCTV cameras.
It was after installing the CCTV cameras there has been a reduction in crime by 30 per cent and forcible collection of puja chanda from vehicles on the NH have also stopped, said Panigrahi.
The CCTV cameras have been installed at all chowks, two to three lanes, in front of schools and banks in the village. The cameras are now being monitored offline but there is a proposal to install WiFi-enabled cameras in the village.
The panchayat has decided to utilise its own funds to install around 10 WiFi-enabled cameras in sensitive areas of the village. A proposal in this regard in awaiting the Government's approval, Panigrahi added.