Following instructions by the police department, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike is all set to upgrade security measures at one of the iconic high-rise buildings of the city, the Public Utility Building on MG Road. The 24-storey building, which was built in the 1970s, is now in a shoddy condition due to poor maintenance. In the past too, the fire and emergency department had raised serious concerns over its poor infrastructure, especially in the wake of a fire emergency.
Eight cameras installed several years ago at the entry points of the building are of little use, according to a BBMP official. “Last year, the police department had directed the BBMP to make sure that advance-level CCTV cameras are installed in the premises for security reasons. In addition to entry points, parking areas, commercial establishments and some specific areas were asked to be monitored,” he said. The PUB houses several government departments and commercial establishments.
Hundreds of people throng the building on a daily basis to avail government services and for shopping. The BBMP had recently called a tender to procure cameras. The tender stated that the requirement was for an ‘IP-based digital technology CCTV security surveillance camera system’. The project is estimated at Rs 30 lakh.
“The BBMP has several buildings in various parts of the city. Surveillance cameras need to be installed in all buildings located in high-profile areas as the movement of public in such places is very high,” the official said.
In addition to the installation of the cameras, the BBMP is also implementing suggestions made by the fire and emergency services in the building. Of this, executive engineer of BBMP, CD Prasad (Projects), said, “We have already started executing suggestions made by the fire and emergency services on safety measures, which include installation of extinguishers and sprinklers.”
Of late, the PUB has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. It was recently reported that some concrete of the top two floors of the building was chipping off inducing fear among the public that the high-rise was crumbling. This has resulted in some portions of the building lying vacant.
Credits Bangalore Mirror