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5,000 CCTVs to keep watch 24x7

india Updated: Jul 04, 2009 02:06 IST
Dharmendra Jore
Dharmendra Jore
Hindustan Times

A total of 5,000 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Mumbai will keep a watch on suspected terrorists and traffic offenders.

The government is mulling how to earn revenue through 5,000 security cameras that will be installed across the city.

On Friday, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Home Minister Jayant Patil asked the bureaucrats to ensure that the CCTV cameras would not only earn money for the police but also secures the city precincts from any untoward incident.

“Hundreds of such cameras will be installed at traffic junctions. We expect them to locate traffic offenders so that police can fine them accordingly,” Patil told Hindustan Times after the meeting.

The duo directed the formation of a committee under the chairmanship of additional chief secretary (home) to work out the modalities. The committee will also have experts in CCTV camera installations.

The proposal was one of the security measures suggested by a panel headed by Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal after the 26/11 terror attacks. The Indian Merchants Chamber presented the scheme to the ministers on Friday.

“But we want many companies to come forward with their proposals,” said Patil.

The government has not set a deadline for the project yet.

The project included a CCTV network that enables motion detection, bio-matrix, optical character recognition (for screening number plates of vehicles), night vision, thermal imaging, and also pan, tilt and zoom capabilities.

About 480 traffic junctions have been identified to monitor movements of vehicles and individuals round the clock. The cameras will also man government establishments, railway stations, transport depots and beaches.

A source in the Home Department, requesting anonymity, said the revenue would enable the city police to maintain the network on their own.