In a bid to secure one of the most crowded beaches in Mumbai, the DB Marg police have decided to cover the Girgaum Chowpatty with a web of 24 high-tech Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV). The police beat chowki located at the beach has also been transformed into a post for operating the cameras.
The CCTVs will help keep under surveillance the beach front, the Girgaum bandstand, Purandare Marg (leading to Walkeshwar) and the north end of the Marine Drive.
Officials added that the cameras were high quality ‘German-made’ ones, with 360-degree views and night vision. Each camera will cover a distance of 150 metres in its vicinity. Senior officers will also be able to get a live feed from any of the cameras on their mobile phones.
The Girgaum beach is thronged by visitors daily and it becomes difficult to keep a watch on the crowd during holidays and festivals.
An officer of DB Marg police station, on condition of anonymity said, “The cameras will be monitored at the police beat chowki at Chowpatty, which has undergone renovation.”
The work at the venue (Chowpatty) is in its last leg. Ajit Surve, senior inspector of DB Marg police station said, “The cameras will help us keep tabs on all criminal activity in the beach and surrounding areas. They will be especially helpful during the Ganesh festival.”