Police have asked the department of culture to increase the number of closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) and metal detectors at venues like Ravindra Bharathi and Lalitha Kala Thoranam. As the government and private parties conduct cultural events at these venues and many VIPs visit these places, department of culture officials have decided to upgrade security infrastructure at these locations. “As Ravindra Bharathi is a prestigious auditorium frequented by VIPs the police department has asked the government to install more CCTVs around the premises. In the wake of the twin blasts in Dilsukhnagar, police and the department of culture officials conducted a joint inspection at Ravindra Bharathi and Lalitha Kala Thoranam and decided to install more CCTVs,” director, department of culture, R Kavitha Prasad told TOI. “On the advice of police, we had installed four CCTVs on Ravindra Bharathi premises a few years ago. Now, with the latest directive from police, we will increase the number of CCTVs
to 10. They also suggested that CCTVs be installed at vulnerable points. Apart from the CCTVs, we will also install six door-frame-metal detectors (DFMDs). Earlier, we had only one at the auditorium main door. We will also increase the number of security personnel from six to 10,” he said. Incidentally, Ravindra Bharathi is located just a stone’s throw away from the director-general of police (DGP) office. The officials will also install 10 CCTVs at Lalitha Kala Thoranam in Nampally. “Apart from the CCTVs, we will install eight DFMDs at the venue. Private security personnel will also be posted,” Prasad added. “We have already completed the tender process. Installation of CCTVs will be completed before Ugadi at Lalitha Kala Thoranam and Ravindra Bharathi, where Panchanga Shravanam will be held on Telugu New Year,” the director replied.