THE MUMBAI police is all set to get a swanky 15,000-square-foot control room with state-of-the-art technology that will enable it to respond to growing challenges across the city in a more professional manner.
The new control room is all set to be operational from December.
An officer said that the control room would get the entire fifth floor of the six-storey building nearing completion in the Mumbai police commissioner ‘s office compound.
While the current control room, that occupies a small portion of the first floor of the Mumbai police commissioner’s building, is below 1,000 square feet, the new control room will be 15 times larger in area.
In addition to the space allocation, there will be a “substantial increase” in manpower that will be in-charge of the control room as compared to the present control room that has been facing severe shortage in manpower.
A slew of new technologies have also been included in the plan of the new control room, the nerve-centre of Mumbai Police from where officers are directed both during emergencies and daily crimes. One of the new technologies that will be incorporated is the “Video Projection Wall”.
“By next year, we are expecting that the city will be covered by a network of nearly 5,000 CCTV cameras as part of the measures proposed post the 26/11 terror attack. Some cameras have already been installed in the south region. The footage from these walls will be projected on the wall. So if we need to check on a complaint in Worli, we will project the footage from that particular CCTV on the wall on the basis of which instructions will be given to the local police,” the officer said.
Joint Commissioner of Police (law & order) Deven Bharti confirmed that there will be an upgradation in terms
of manpower, space and technology in the new control room.
“We are hoping that the new building will be functional from next month. There are some new technological tools that we will be using in the control room.”