Mumbai, which witnessed worst rainfall recently, has managed to avert 2005-like situation. Thanks to 5,000 high-definition CCTV cameras deployed across the city by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Installed last year, these CCTV cameras proved vital assets for municipal officials and traffic police as they managed to control flood-like situation. According to the officials from Traffic Police, with the help of CCTV cameras, they managed to divert traffic from water-clogged areas.
Also, with an eye on the city, the Traffic Police organized sending necessary manpower at required locations in the city to ease the traffic. Incidentally, live feeds from social media posts such as Facebook or Instagram came handy to alert not only citizens, but authorities too.
To cite an example, when BMC got the whip of flooding problem near Elphinstone Road station through CCTV camera footage, a team was promptly dispatched to investigate and found a blocked culvert, which was immediately cleaned. Even police officials, who were unable to reach the destination on time, managed to divert nearby officials to the required location just by looking at the CCTV footage. A school bus, which was stranded near Kala Nagar, Bandra, received help from the nearby police officials.