Cidco fi­nally starts work on CCTVs

The cam­eras to be in­stalled at 293 lo­ca­tions will be op­er­a­tional in a few months and will help curb crimes in city

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The City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) has started the in­stal­la­tion of 574 closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras at nearly 300 lo­ca­tions in their ju­ris­dic­tion. The cam­eras will be op­er­a­tional in a few months, a se­nior of­fi­cer said.

The cam­eras will cover de­vel­oped nods such as Kharghar, Kamothe, Khanda Colony, New Pan­vel as well as the up­com­ing nodes such as Dron­a­giri and Ulwe. Cur­rently, they have cho­sen around 293 lo­ca­tions across all nodes.

“The dig­ging work for in­stal­la­tion of poles has started. We, along with the city po­lice, con­ducted a sur­vey in dif­fer­ent nodes and se­lected the lo­ca­tions ac­cord­ing to their sug­ges­tions. We have mainly se­lected public places, busy mar­ket ar­eas, rail­way sta­tions and bus de­pots for in­stalling cam­eras. The cam­eras will be mon­i­tored by the po­lice along with our of­fi­cials,” said Mo­han Ni­nawe, se­nior public re­la­tions of­fi­cer of Cidco.

Cur­rently, 266 CCTV cam­eras have been in­stalled in the NMMC ju­ris­dic­tion ( from Airoli to Be­la­pur) and it helped the po­lice de­tect scores of cases in the past one year.

Prab­hat Ran jan, Na vi Mum­bai po­lice com­mis­sioner, said, “The footage from th­ese cam­eras helped de­tect sev­eral se­ri­ous crimes in 2015. It helped us in­crease the de­tec­tion and con­vic­tion rates too. We are very happy that Cidco is in­stalling cam­eras in their ju­ris­dic­tion. It will help keep the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol.”

For now, Cidco will start a tem­po­rary com­mand cen­tre at Be­la­pur rail­way sta­tion to mon­i­tor th­ese cam­eras. They de­cided to con­struct at a state- of- the- art four- storey CCTV com­mand cen­tre with

a bud­get of Rs2.5 crore at the po­lice com­mis­sioner’s of­fice com­pound. How­ever, it will take them al­most two years to com­plete the en­tire project as cer­tain pro­pos­als are yet to be

cleared by their en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment.

So we have now de­cided to run a tem­po­rary CCTV com­mand cen­tre from the sec­ond floor of Be­la­pur rail­way sta-

tion com­plex, till the planned cen­tre comes up at the po­lice com­mis­sioner’s of­fice.

Pradeep Kan­nalu, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice ( wire­less), said, “Af­ter dis­cussing

the mat­ter with Cidco, we have de­cided to use colour anal­y­sis and face recog­ni­tion soft­ware in the server of th­ese cam­eras. While colour anal­y­sis soft­ware could be used to iden­tity col-

oured ob­jects, face recog­ni­tion soft­ware could be used to iden­tify crim­i­nals’ faces and find their past records. It will also help curb ter­ror re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the city.”

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The cam­eras will cover de­vel­oped nods such as Kharghar (top), Kamothe (left), Khanda Colony, New Pan­vel (right) as well as the up­com­ing nodes such as Dron­a­giri and Ulwe.

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