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Live feeds from 5K CCTV cameras to help BMC tackle disasters

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the control room on Monday morning, in the presence of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray

mumbai Updated: Nov 28, 2016 00:20 IST
Chetna Yerunkar
The move became feasible after the control room was shifted from a 6,000 sq feet area on the ground floor of BMC headquarters to a plush 8,000 sq ft area on the second floor of the same building.
The move became feasible after the control room was shifted from a 6,000 sq feet area on the ground floor of BMC headquarters to a plush 8,000 sq ft area on the second floor of the same building.(HT File Photo)

To tackle disasters in the city more effectively, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has installed a video wall in its newly-constructed disaster control room, which will monitor the live feeds of more than 5,000 high definition CCTV cameras functional across the city under the Mumbai Surveillance project.

The move became feasible after the control room was shifted from a 6,000 sq feet area on the ground floor of BMC headquarters to a plush 8,000 sq ft area on the second floor of the same building, after being in the planning stage for more than three years.

Civic officials said the larger office space enabled video wall to be fit into the control room.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the control room on Monday morning, in the presence of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray .

According to civic sources, the video wall was used on a trial basis during the Oshiwara fire that broke out on Friday afternoon. It enabled the BMC to manage the flow of traffic by coordinating with traffic agencies and help fire brigade services reach the spot easily. The new technology is also likely to help the disaster management cell get real-time updates on where fire engines are stuck. It can then coordinate with other agencies to provide help, without any difficulties.

“It is a new technology that will help tackle any disaster in the city,” said a civic official requesting anonymity.

The civic body’s disaster control room is the third government undertaking. The Mumbai police and the traffic police also have live feeds sourced from these 5,000 CCTV cameras.The control room will get also updates from cameras that will be installed in future, said civic sources.