Amritsar 1st in North India to have visitors’ info system

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 16

Amritsar has become the first city in the northern region to implement City Visitor Information and Record Management System (CVIRMS) under a pilot project which would not only alert the Police Department about nefarious elements entering the city, but also act as a deterrent.

Though the system has been operational in many South Indian states, it is for the first time that it is being implemented in a city in North India.

Police Commissioner Vikram Jeet Duggal, while giving details, said CVIRMS is a software which would help monitoring not only visitors but also vehicles entering the city. “All hotels or taverns, paying guest houses, arms dealers, dealers selling used vehicles, security agencies and owners of small industrial establishments where more than 10 workers are employed are required to register for the application,” he said.

“The CVIRMS project requires that whenever one checks-in/stays in a hotel/PG, buys an ammunition from an arms dealer, buys/sells old vehicles, employed in security agencies and small industrial enterprises, as an ID proof their Aadhaar card, driver’s licence or voter card, etc, should be uploaded to the system,” he said.

Whenever a criminal checks-in and enters his ID, an automatic alert will be sent to the police and a message would be flashed to the police officer concerned. “This real time information will be exclusively available to the police officer concerned,” he added. The hospitality industry will also benefit from it, as once registered it will legitimise registered hotels and other establishment and past record of a visitor can be verified on the spot, this will help check illegal harbouring of anti-social elements.

The system is being developed on a PPP model. It also has a unique feature to report emergencies such as theft, fire incidents and casualties in real time. In addition, it has a potential to add advanced security features as required in future. Duggal said under the project, over 2,500 customers’ entries had been recorded so far.

Amritsar 1st in North India to have visitors’ info system