By 2016, Mumbai will have a CCTV-based surveillance system in place, as the state government on Saturday signed an MoU worth Rs 949 crore with a consortium led by L&T. The 6,200 cameras will help boost the security of a city pitching itself as a global investment destination.
The MoU comes five years after it was first proposed to bring the city under closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance, as three different attempts to float tenders had failed.
“It is commendable that the high powered committee, led by chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, took a project that was stuck for 5-6 years, off the ground. This project will use sophisticated analytics and systems to monitor the law and order situation in the city,” said chief minister Devendra Fadnavis after the MOU was signed.
The MOU was signed between the government of Maharashtra and the L&T consortium, which includes MTNL and CMS. The 6,200 cameras will be set up, along with network connectivity, data and command centres, and help desks within the two years. The consortium has set three deadlines – by November 14, 2015, the system will be set up in south Mumbai, home to landmarks such as the Gateway of India, the Reserve Bank of India, Zaveri Bazaar and the business district of Nariman Point. The deadline for the eastern suburbs is April 16, 2016, while for the western suburbs, it is September, 17, 2016.
The consortium will work with the government for five years to train its officials, after which the project will be handed over to the state.
The main command centres of the surveillance system will be connected to all police stations. The system includes a picture intelligence unit that will enable facial recognition and track vehicle number plates. This, in turn, will strengthen the city’s policing machinery, improve traffic management and act as a deterrent for criminals. The system can store data in the centres at Worli and Navi Mumbai, for a minimum of one month and maximum of six months.