Bhopal: Tourist spots dotted with water bodies, which are infamous for drowning deaths, will soon be brought under CCTV camera surveillance. Bhopal division police administration is also mulling over installing loud speakers to deter people from entering into danger zones.
Lack of police patrolling staff near water bodies and carefree enthusiasts had in past led to many fatal accidents at these tourist attractions. At least eight merrymakers, who were swept away while bathing in Sultangarh Waterfall in Shivpuri district on Wednesday, has once again ringing the alarm bells. Cautious administration will keep a strict watch over the visitors flocking these water bodies.
Inspector general (IG) Bhopal Jaideep Prasad said that the department lack sufficient staff to patrol these sites. There are warnings sigh boards placed on these spots but visitors ignore them and put their lives in danger, he added. We are mulling installation of loud-speaker enabled CCTV cameras to monitor these sites and avert any mishap, said Prasad.
Bhadbhada fall, near Sukhisewania police station, though not much famous, is frequented by locals. Two persons had at the site in as many years. The tourist spots popular among people include Halali dam, Kerwa dam, Hathaikheda, Bhojpur, Mahadev Paani and Ajnaal dam. Hundreds of enthusiasts visit these water bodies and the danger of accident always looms large. Lack of patrolling party and absence of CCTV cameras add to the risk.
Local police though guard these sites, however, they lack the strength to keep a watchful eye. Most of the spots have warning signs, but free-spirited visitors coming for adventure ignore them. Despite deployment of police personnel at Kolar forest entry, people could be seen entering into it. Teams of fire department, NDRF, SDRF and police only reach the spot post-accident.