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India Golden Temple To Witness Divali Celebrations Under CCTV Cameras


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Amritsar,(GGS NEWS) 05 Nov 2010 :Tomorrow when thousands of devotees will throng the Golden Temple to celebrate Divali and Bandi Chhor Divas, a hidden eye will be keeping a close watch on the event. CCTV cameras, numbering 85, installed recently by the SGPC at a cost of Rs 2 crore will undergo their first acid test tomorrow, as the entire Golden Temple complex will be jam-packed with devotees celebrating Divali.

SGPC secretary Dalmegh Singh said a control room had been set up near Akal Takht to monitor activities at the complex. According to him, CCTV cameras had been installed across the ‘parikarma, ‘jora ghars’ (shoe-deposit centres), inns, community kitchen, SGPC office, and the entrance.

The cameras can capture colour images even at night and come with tilt-zoom and range-adjustment features. He said if need be the number of cameras might be increased up to 100.

SGPC President Avtar Singh said CCTV cameras would provide foolproof security to lakhs of devotees visiting the Golden Temple adding that the facility would be formally inaugurated soon.

He said they would also be recruiting 10 trained personnel at the control room besides facilitating the required training to the SGPC staff.

He said the SGPC staff, if need be, would also be equipped with security instrument like walkie-talkie.

The SGPC since long was contemplating the installation of CCTV cameras for more security at the Golden Temple and Akal Takht complex. The proposal was first mooted when Bibi Jagir Kaur was heading the SGPC.

The decision to put up CCTV cameras was apparently taken following attacks on religious places in South Asia.

Cases of picking of pockets, garment thefts at the complexes and reports of children missing also prompted the SGPC to act on the proposal.

Meanwhile, the stage is all set for Bandi Chhor Divas and Divali celebrations at the Golden Temple. SGPC President Avtar Singh and Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh will address the community from the Darshani Deodhi at 5 pm tomorrow.

Thousands of devotees have already converged in the holy city. The entire complex has been illuminated with lights.

Noted ‘raagi jathas’ will perform ‘shabad kirtan’ at Gurdwara Manji Sahib, which will be followed by a ‘dhadi darbar’ at 8 pm.

The evening will also witness a spectacular display of fireworks.