De­funct for a year, CCTVs to be re­placed

Af­ter po­lice found 14 CCTVs to be de­funct, the civic body re­views se­cu­rity loop­holes

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

CBD BE­LA­PUR: Vishnudas Bhave au­di­to­rium in Vashi, which serves as a cul­tural and so­cial cen­tre in the city, is all set to step up se­cu­rity.

The elec­tri­cal depart­ment of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) has be­gun the process of re­plac­ing de­funct CCTV cam­eras in the au­di­to­rium in view of the re­cent ter­ror threats.

Last month, the Vashi po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint re­gard­ing the pres­ence of two ter­ror sus­pects in the au­di­to­rium.

A few days prior to that, an au­torick­shaw driver had re­ported to the po­lice about ter­ror talks be­tween two peo­ple near Airoli toll naka. The sus­pects had left by the time the po­lice reached there.

When the po­lice checked the CCTV cam­eras in the au­di­to­rium, they found that most of them were de­funct.

“We found that 14 of the 16 cam­eras in­stalled had been de­funct for al­most a year,” said deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Shahji Umap.

The elec­tri­cal depart­ment

of NMMC had re­fused to take re­spon­si­bil­ity of the cam­eras, which had been gifted to the premises.

The po­lice how­ever took the mat­ter se­ri­ously as, a few years back, a bomb had been found in the au­di­to­rium dur­ing the stag­ing of a con­tro­ver­sial play.

Mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner

Di­nesh Wagh­mare or­dered the re­place­ment of the cam­eras af­ter the po­lice wrote to NMMC and Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) party work­ers took up the mat­ter with the civic of­fi­cials.

“The se­cu­rity of Vishnudas Bhave au­di­to­rium is very im­por­tant is­sue as a large num­ber of peo­ple reg­u­larly visit the au­di­to­rium, which has be­come the city’s land­mark,” said Wagh­mare.

An of­fi­cial from the elec­tri­cal depart­ment said, “The of­fi­cials have in­spected the premises and de­cided on the places where the cam­eras will be in­stalled. New CCTV cam­eras will be in­stalled at the au­di­to­rium to se­cure it.”

An­other of­fi­cial said, “The cost to be in­curred for the in­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras had been sent to the ac­counts depart­ment for sanc­tion but has been re­turned to the elec­tri­cal depart­ment as there are a few queries.”

› The se­cu­rity of Vishnudas Bhave au­di­to­rium is a very im­por­tant is­sue as a large num­ber of peo­ple reg­u­larly visit the au­di­to­rium, which has be­come a land­mark of the city DI­NESH WAGH­MARE, Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sioner

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