The Karnataka government has come up with a new video surveillance rule that could help local systems integrators and security companies boost their businesses.
Public establishments that have more than 100 people gathering together at a time, and have more than 500 people frequenting per day, will now have to install video surveillance cameras.
This will include commercial, religious and industrial establishments, hospitals, educational institutions, bus stations, railways, and sports complexes. The order comes into effect immediately.
A statement from the Director General and Inspector General of Police (DG&IGP) added that those who failed to comply will be fined Rs. 5000 the first time and Rs. 10,000 the second. Continued non-compliance with the regulations will result in temporary sealing or closure.
The DG&IGP have also asked every establishment to give information about their establishment and periodical returns in relevant forms to the inspector of police in their respective jurisdictions. The latter must be done every three months.
The new regulations are as per the Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Rules, which was notified on 28 June 2018. This is in accordance with the Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act passed in the month of December 2017.
According to a report from The News Minute, a police officer from a station in North Bengaluru said that they are waiting for guidance from senior officials before enforcing penalties. At the moment, they are focusing on increasing the awareness of security solutions.
Bengaluru was recently placed 107th in safety and security in the country in a ranking of ease of living from the Ministry of Housing and Urban of the Union.