The entire south Mumbai has come under security blanket with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announcing the first phase of “Mumbai City Surveillance Project” comprising 1,381 CCTV cameras mounted at 434 locations across south Mumbai.
These cameras will help the city police keep an eye on the Gateway of India, Girgaum Chowpatty, Marine Drive, E Moses Road, and Kala Ghoda sessions court.
To track intruders coming from the Arabian Sea, the project includes 20 thermal cameras on the city’s coastline.
The feed from all these cameras would be monitored round the clock at Mumbai police headquarters and traffic police headquarters in Worli command centres.
Fadnavis said that after taking over as Chief Minister in 2014, it was his priority to get the project implemented as it had been stuck in red tape for years.
Fadnavis said the CCTV network will help boost detection, prosecution, and conviction of cases, crime prevention, handle emergencies, gathers evidence, and manage traffic. He said this will help increase efficiency and transparency in policing in Maharashtra.
The first phase will cover the area from Colaba at the southern tip to Worli in Central Mumbai. The project implemented by Larsen & Toubro is expected to cost around Rs 949 crore.
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“There will be 100 per cent command and control system integration after all three phases are completed. With the data integration, we will be able to evolve a comprehensive strategy to tackle crime,” he said.
Fadnavis also promised that Mumbai will get 100 per cent CCTV cover once the project is completed in October 2016.
“By the end of the project, we would have an integrated system where we would be equipped in face detection, number plate identification, data analysis system and much more through this network,” Fadnavis said.
He said for effective policing the state government wants to ensure optimum use of manpower with technological intervention. “At present, the effort worldwide is to create smart cities. Integral part of a smart city is that it should be safe. If a city is not safe, it can’t be called smart. Therefore, we can’t lag behind in policing.”
To bring all important cities in the state under digital surveillance, he promised to install CCTV cameras in all of them. “Pune is the first city to be under CCTV network. The digital surveillance in Nashik would be upgraded from the system used for the Nashik Kumbh. Steps are being taken to install CCTV network in Nagpur as well,” he added.
According to additional chief secretary (home) KP Bakshi, the number of cameras were raised from 1,200 to 1,381 by adding cameras in the sessions court area on Bombay High Court’s request.
City Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed called it a big day for Mumbai and said that it will help in maintaining law and order, traffic and curbing crime.
Javed added the city Police will also share the feed with the Navi Mumbai police, thus extending the entire networking to the greater Mumbai region.