Another deck has been cleared for Mumbai to become a safer city after the state cabinet on Wednesday approved the plan to install 5,000 CCTV cameras at sensitive locations.
Installation of CCTVs for surveillance was one of the primary recommendations made by the Ram Pradhan committee, formed to look into the lapses of the 26/11 terror attacks.
But the project gathered speed only after the July 13 serial blasts this year.
These IP-based video surveillance cameras will be installed at important spots like malls, airport, railway stations, installations like BARC and several important traffic junctions, and will work in real-time.
According to government sources, the state cabinet has agreed to set aside Rs600 crore for the project. The home department has received expressions of interest from 10 companies, of which one will now be finalised soon. The final proposal will be sent back to the cabinet for approval.
The decision was taken after additional chief secretary (home) Umeshchandra Sarangi made the presentation of a state delegation’s three-day tour to London on September 19.
Led by home minister RR Patil, minister of state for home Satej Patil and other officers, the team visited the city to study the functioning of its metropolitan police.
The delegates was apprised of city’s integrated surveillance network and the traffic system, known as the ‘Ring of steel’, which is devised in such a way that cars are forced to slow down and pass through a surveillance camera. The delegation also got a glimpse into the manpower management of the London police force.
In the first phase of the project, 2,000 CCTV cameras will be installed at 400 locations identified by the department. There will be five regional control rooms where the videos will be analysed by a tracking system.