To avert any security lapse at Lalbaugcha Raja — one of the most visited pandals in the city — headquarters of the Mumbai police, traffic police and Kala Chowkie police station will view the proceedings at the spot in real-time.
According to sources, a network of 18 close circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be used to telecast the feed live.
“During the festivities, we will keep a 24x7 vigil in the city,” said Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik.
“The network system is similar to the one that has been installed at the Maharashtra Police Academy in Nashik,” said a source adding that the CCTVs will ensure better patrolling at the mandal.
The network has been fed with several analytics. “The important ones are those that can identify suspicious movements such as a person hanging out in the area for long, repeatedly visiting the same spot or leaving any object behind.”
“In any such instance, an alarm will be raised by the system,” the source added.
Kaustubh Butala, chairman and managing director of Revmax group of companies, which has set up the network, said that the system would help police monitor the pandal in an effective manner.
“A control room has been set up at the pandal too and the feed will be constantly monitored,” he said. The special control room at the pandal would coordinate with the main police control room in giving security updates on a round-the-clock basis.
The police source said that installation of CCTV network was a challenging task. “The fact that the mandal has several lakh visitors had to kept in mind.”
“The installed CCTVs are high-quality ones. At a normal zoom, the cameras can cover up to 400m and if required they can cover an area up to 1.5km.”
“They can rotate up to 360 degrees and the quality of images even at night is good,” the source added.