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CCTVs to be installed in Mumbai hospitals

The corporation has invited tenders to install cameras at LTMG hospital, Nair and King Edward Memorial hospitals, reports Sanjeev Shivadekar.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 22:56 IST

Alarmed by the growing incidents of manhandling of resident doctors, ward officers and security personnel from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the civic body has planned to install Closed Circuit Cameras (CCTV) not only in their headquarters but also in sensitive wards and a few municipal hospitals in the city.

The corporation has invited tenders to install cameras at LTMG hospital (Sion hospital), Nair and King Edward Memorial (KEM) hospitals.

In addition, the civic body has invited bids to install CCTVs in the premises of the BMC headquarters, G south, K west and M ward offices.

PG Sawardekar, the Chief Security Officer of the BMC said, "As a part of upgrading security in the BMC headquarters, civic hospitals and wards, we will soon be installing CCTVs."

Pointing out that cameras would be positioned in such a way that they will monitor every movement in the corridors and entrances of the hospitals and BMC headquarters.

He insisted that, "If everything goes right, cameras would be installed in every ward and hospital belonging to the corporation."

Approximately 50 cameras would be installed at the BMC headquarters and an equal number would be installed in hospitals and wards of the BMC, on a trial basis.

"The cameras can monitor events that are not manually possible to supervise. It is high time that the BMC makes the best use of technology," said Ajit Khetle, Director, Technocrats, a company that is competing for a contract for installation of the cameras.

According to the civic body's plan, CCTVs will be installed on all the floors of the BMC headquarters, and at entrances and corridors of the ward offices and hospitals.

Through this exercise, the BMC plans to record incidents of doctors being manhandled and citizens arguing with wards officers, hospital staff or security guards of the corporation.

The aim is to book the culprits, which at present, is very rare, due to lack of evidence.

First Published: Oct 30, 2006 22:56 IST