The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday declared that 6000 CCTVs across Mumbai within three phases will become operational by September 2016. Terming it as an extremely crucial project in the wake of 26/11 terror attack, Fadnavis signed an MoU of Rs 949 crore with engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for bringing Mumbai under CCTV surveillance with an objective to upgrade the security and check the crime and terror activities.
The state government also has taken the decision to install CCTVs in selected cities namely Pune, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik in the coming days. However, the priority is to expedite the CCTVs project entirely in all three phase in Mumbai and suburbs by September 2016.
The Chief Minister said, “After the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, government (Congress-NCP) had taken the decision to install CCTVs across Mumbai. In last seven to eight years the project remained on paper because of some glitches. In three months after taking charge of the government, I have accorded highest priority to the CCTV project.”
He said, “The high powered committee of the government took the decision and decided to award the contract for CCTV to L&T. I hope L&T will deliver the results in time bound manner. It was a project which concerns the lives of Mumbaikars and I am sure L& T recognises their responsibilities.”
During Congress-NCP government thrice the decisions were taken to invite final bids but it could not move ahead.
“The primary objective of the CCTVs is to help in beefing up security and help the city police department to maintain law and order. Apart from guaranteeing safety to the citizens it also intends to regulate and monitor the traffic in city and suburbs. And will go a long way in detecting, deterring and dealing with criminal activities,” Fadnavis said.
The first phase of CCTVs installation will be carried out in South Mumbai. It is expected to be complete by November 2015. In second phase CCTVs will be installed in north and east Mumbai by April 2016. In the third phase, central and west Mumbai will be covered under CCTVs by September 2016.
Asked about the quality and specifications, Fadnavis said, “The quality and standards are going to be higher compared to the ones operational in other cities across country.”
According to the Chief Minister the project intends at holistic and integrated video surveillance system to bring reforms in the security and safety for people in the city.
The vast coastal stretch of the city will also get covered with 20 thermal cameras that would capture and record (any) possible movement in the sea.
The state-of-art project will ensure two command centres in Mumbai commissioner’s office and in Kalina in suburbs. It will also ensure traffic police headquarters for traffic management. All police stations will have a provision to monitor feeds along with DCP and Regional Additional CP offices. It provides state of art applications to manage and store the video-feeds.
A picture intelligence unit would be set up at commissioner of police office. The real time matching of photographs of people entering controlled environment with a dynamic database and oversee the implementation of other analytical systems are some of the aspects that would help in tackling and avoiding crime effectively.