The way the Mumbai Police maintains law and order in the city is all set to change with the inauguration of Phase I of the much-delayed ‘Mumbai City Surveillance Project’ by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Under phase I of the project, a total of 1,381 CCTV cameras have been installed at 434 locations across south Mumbai.
Sitting at the common centre in the Mumbai Police headquarters, policemen can now keep an eye on areas around Gateway of India, Girgaum Chowpatty, Marine Drive, E Moses Road and Kala Ghoda sessions court. The policemen also have an option to change locations with the flip of a switch and zoom into the footage as required.
The inauguration was also attended by Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, Mumbai’s Guardian Minister Subhash Desai, DGP Praveen Dixit among others. This initiative finally saw the daylight almost after seven years after the recommendation to install CCTV cameras made by the Ram Pradhan committee in the wake of the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai.
According to CM, the other two phases of the project should be up and running by the next 26/11 anniversary. By the end of the project, the entire city will be covered by a network of at least 5,000 CCTV cameras. The project, which is expected to cost around Rs 959 crore, is executed by Larsen and Tubro (L&T).
CM also added that once all three phases are operational and the feed is integrated to the common command centre, they would be able to add the Automated Number Plate Recognition (APNR) and face recognition facility that will complete the intelligent network and help the law enforcing agencies. The footage will also be available with the traffic control room along with police stations apart from the command and control centre at the police headquarters.