To make its operations more effective, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has upgraded its state-of-the-art disaster control room by installing a video wall and connecting it through 5,000 CCTV camera network across the megapolis.
The upgraded disaster control room was inaugurated by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis along with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the civic body’s headquarters on Monday.
Specially trained 89 staff of the civic body will monitor live feeds of over 5,000 high-definition CCTV cameras functional across the city at the control room constructed at a cost of Rs7 crore.
They will follow the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) in case of an emergency. “We could not follow SOP during 26/11 (terror) attack as the SOP were not devised then. But now we have this system in place and a SOP would be activated in case of emergency,” said Fadnavis.
The control room was shifted from a 6,000 sqft area on the ground floor to a plush 8,000 sqft area on the second floor of the building which is BMC’s headquarters.
“Being an international city, Mumbai needs a comprehensive plan to tackle any eventuality or emergency. So, the BMC devised this facility in such a way that it could deal with an emergency very effectively by improving its response time and ability to mitigate the damage done,” said the chief minister.
Uddhav Thackeray outlined the various developmental and welfare issues taken by the civic body. “The BMC has taken multi-pronged steps to improve people’s lives, especially in the field of health and education.”
Civic chief Ajoy Mehta, while describing the features of the refurbished room, said, “Since the surveillance system through cameras is placed in GPS mode, the disaster control room’s utility increases multiple times to get real-time updates beside giving guidance to the fire engines if they are on the way on busy city roads to douse a blaze.”
Mehta also informed Fadnavis that the BMC was also in the process of streamlining the ever increasing and humongous court cases being faced by the civic body.
He said, “The BMC is facing or fighting almost 70,000 cases in 11 different courts averaging 1,500 cases on a daily basis. We have found that we do not have sufficient control over these cases. This is why a Litigation Management System was underway to cope up this menace of court cases.”