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5,000 CCTV cameras to cover Mumbai soon

If all goes well, the state home department's ambitious video surveillance cameras installation plan will be on floors by January 2012.

mumbai Updated: Nov 25, 2011 01:11 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Sayli Udas Mankikar
Hindustan Times

If all goes well, the state home department's ambitious video surveillance cameras installation plan will be on floors by January 2012.

This will mean that the police force will have a real-time view of the 5,000 cameras placed at 1,200 strategic locations across the city.

Installing close-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) across the city is one of needs that came into light after the 26/11 terror attacks, where terrorists sneaked into the city through the sea and dispersed around killing hundreds of people.

Sarangi said the state government has fulfiled majority of the recommendations of the Ram Pradhan committee instituted after the 26/11 attacks to suggest measures on how to improve the security system in the state.

"In all we have spend around Rs500 crore in upgrading the security system and modernising the police force in the past three years," said UC Sarangi, additional chief secretary, home. Sarangi was part of the high-profile delegation led by home minister RR Patil, which had visited London in October to study the surveillance system there. The state home department has allocated Rs6,000 crore for this project.

According to Sarangi, about seven global companies in consortiums with Reliance, Tata, IBM have are bidding for the project, which will be opened in December.

"Before that we need to finalise other things, including a central control room for monitoring and maybe appointing a separate cadre to handle the system," he said.

The home department is also trying to see if police stations can also be integrated with the system and keep a check on areas in their jurisdiction.

Apart from developing an in-house expertise in handling the system, there will also be a need to form a photographic intelligence cell to identify suspicious people and places.

The home department has also decided to set up transponders on patrolling boats that have been deployed by the home department as a part of the coastal security upgradation.

"These transponders will help us pick up signals and track boats on the radar. This will help us determine if a boat is genuine or not. This will be over and above the biometric cards that are being issued to 1.83 lakh fishermen, who stay in coastal areas," Sarangi added.

He said intelligence sharing and gathering has improved over the last three years.

"There are regular meetings of the Mumbai police, state police, defence, and the Anti Terrorism Squad officials and at the ministerial and the home department level where intelligence information received is shared and disseminated," he added.

First Published: Nov 25, 2011 01:10 IST