Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said that the 6000 cameras that were installed as a part of the city’s CCTV camera surveillance project, will go live on October 2.
This, he said will ensure smart policing which is the need of the hour in Mumbai.
Fadnavis also said that policemen will be provided with body cameras soon, which will also help in smart policing and act as a deterrent in the wake of frequent attacks on policemen on duty.
Phase I of the camera installation began on November 30, 2015 in south Mumbai was covered with 1381 high resolution CCTV cameras in 434 places. The project, which is divided into three phases, is expected to be completed by October.
According to police officials, one of the command centers will be set up at the Mumbai police headquarters at Crawford Market while the other will be set up at the traffic police headquarters in Worli.
“Mumbai CCTV network will go live and this will be a major boost for the city’s smart policing. There is a need to reduce policemen’s workload and using technology is the only solution,” said Fadnavis.
The chief minister also announced a ‘smart township’ to be built in Ghatkopar for 8000 policemen.
“The current houses are of the British era and so we want to provide better housing facilities to the personnel. We are also planning police housing in a way that they can own the houses,” said Fadnavis.
Speaking about bringing in more initiatives for the police force in the city, Fadnavis said that the state government and the Asian Heart Institute will organise health camps for them.