Maharashtra chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya said the much-delayed closed circuit television (CCTV) project of Mumbai will finally take off in the next 10 days.
In a meeting held early this week, Kshatriya, along with home department officials, discussed the report given by the price fixation committee and have set a timeline of two years to install 5,000 CCTVs across the city’s important junctions, iconic buildings, tourist locations and sensitive spots.
All the CCTVs will be installed in one go because the government has decided to take the ‘big bang approach’ rather than the phase-wise approach of the previous administration.
The L&T Construction and L&T Infotech, both subsidiaries of Larsen & Toubro, India’s largest engineering and construction major, will be carrying out the works for the Rs900-odd crore project.
“Everything is finalised from my end. The project is already delayed and we want to ensure the work starts in the next 10 days. We have decided to take the ‘big bang’ approach and do all 5,000 CCTVs at the same time, within two years,” said Kshatriya, who will be putting forth the file to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis next week for a ‘go-ahead’.
The CCTVs, officials explained, will be able to capture high-speed moving objects and data storage will be available for more than 90 days. There will be a central master coordination room where the footage will be monitored remotely. It will coordinate with local sub-stations, which will be connected to the police.
The CCTV project was proposed to strengthen the city surveillance after the 2008 terror attacks. However, because of several reasons, the state government failed to clinch a deal on three occasions.
The first contract was cancelled by the government after it found that one of the companies in the consortium was blacklisted by the Central government and during the second time, the bidder failed to fulfil financial conditions citing a slowdown in the IT sector.