The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the city’s premier planning body, is installing an Rs8.5 crore state-of-the-art security system in its new office building in Bandra (East) not just to secure the premises, but also to keep an eye on its employees.
The MMRDA’s building security system is likely to include visitor management and surveillance systems, biometric and security operations monitoring, metal detection, smart card readers and an inbuilt air-conditioning system.
“We hope the system will not only help us secure the building from outside, but also help us keep an eye on employees,” a senior MMRDA official said.
Recently files pertaining to the Adarsh Housing Society scam were found tampered with at the Urban Development Department in Mantralaya.
The police could not locate the culprits, as the security and surveillance systems were ineffective.
The MMRDA bosses also want to keep an eye on its officials against whom they have received complaints of high-handedness from project-affected persons who visit the MMRDA building at Bandra-Kurla Complex seeking rehabilitation
There have even been two suicide attempts at the MMRDA office. “Once the surveillance system is in place officials will be aware that their behaviour is being recorded,” the official said.
The MMRDA will be moving into a new building later this year in which the system will be installed.
The MMRDA had commissioned for itself a new iconic building, which is being built behind MMRDA’s existing office, on a 9,172 sq m plot with a built-up area of 1 lakh sq ft.
The MMRDA had commissioned the building, which has a podium plus nine storeys, as a state-of-the-art building with the look and feel of an international corporate house.
Mumbai-based Team ONE Architects has designed the building. “We are looking at interested parties who will install such a system. The entire security system plus the air-conditioning will cost us Rs8.5 crore,” MMRDA joint project director PR Dilip Kawathkar said.