The ambitious CCTV (closed circuit television camera) surveillance system for Mumbai, the tenders for which have not been finalised four years after it was proposed, is finally on track, but only on paper as of now.
The Rs. 800-crore project, the cost of which has doubled in four years, envisages the installation of 6,000 surveillance cameras across the city, which would be monitored 24x7 by a control room that is being built specifically for the purpose.
The government and the police force recognised the need for CCTVs across the city after the 26/11 attacks, when terrorists sneaked into the city by the sea and struck at popular and iconic spots. The Ram Pradhan committee, which was instituted after the terror strike, also suggested the installation of CCTVs as one of the measures to improve the state’s security system.
“We have called for tenders for which we have received 32 bids. We are studying the technical and legal aspects of the tenders carefully, considering the sensitive nature of the project. We expect it to be completed in a fortnight,” said a senior home department official, requesting anonymity. A high-powered committee
headed by chief secretary JK Banthia is looking at the tenders.
The project had earlier been allocated to a consortium led by Allied Digital Services, MTNL and DWPL, but the tendering process was cancelled after it was found that ADS had been blacklisted by MTNL.
The new project conditions that the qualifying company needs to meet will ensure that only reputable companies will be chosen.
The tender requires the bidder to have an overall turnover of at least Rs10 crore over the last three financial years from similar projects.
Only those firms can qualify that have worked on at least three projects of a similar nature at multiple locations sensitive locations such as defence laboratories, atomic power stations, airports and public places such as hotels and hospitals.
Each of the three completed projects must also have 50 simultaneously working live cameras and a video management system.