124 CCTV cam­eras to keep vigil at Kharghar, check ris­ing crimes

DE­VEL­OP­ING NODE CCTVs will be in­stalled at 50 sen­si­tive places; the move will make it eas­ier for po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate cases

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

KHARGHAR: Kharghar is all set to get 124 closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras (CCTV) to keep a vigil on the node and curb the ris­ing crimes in the re­gion.

The work on in­stal­la­tion of the cam­eras is in the fi­nal stage. The CCTV cam­eras are be­ing in­stalled at 50 places in the node.

The City and In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) sources said the CCTV cam­eras are likely to be in­stalled this month.

Kharghar’s pop­u­la­tion has crossed 3 lakh. The num­ber of vis­i­tors to the node too has in­creased due to the pres­ence of Cen­tral Park and the golf course.

A Cidco of­fi­cial said, “The sen­si­tive and strate­gic lo­ca­tions in the node in­clude the 1.5-km Rs40-crore sky­walk from Kharghar rail­way sta­tion to Bank of In­dia, Cen­tral Park to Gram Vikas Bha­van, seven sta­tions of Be­la­pur-Pend­har Metro rail. There is also go­ing to be a na­ture park on Kharghar hills.”

Along with Cidco projects, there are over 40 pri­mary and sec­ondary gov­ern­ment and pri­vate schools in the node.

There are also den­tal, ayurvedic and en­gi­neer­ing col­leges. “Many banks have their branches here. Hence, there is an in­creased se­cu­rity need here,” he said.

The of­fi­cial said, “It is some­times dif­fi­cult for the po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate cases. Hence, Cidco has de­cided to in­stall CCTV cam­eras in the node.”

The CCTV cam­eras were pro­posed by for­mer com­mis­sioner of po­lice AK Sharma and the process was set in mo­tion.

The cam­eras will be in­stalled at golf course, Cen­tral Park, Gram Vikas Bha­van, Bank of In­dia, Hi­ranan­dani bridge, Ut­sav Chowk, Shilp Chowk, Reliance Fresh, Taloja cen­tral prison, Owa vil­lage, Gu­rud­war, pri­vate col­leges, schools and Pan­davkada road.

Cidco has de­cided to in­stall cam­eras at Kalam­boli, Kharghar, New Panvel, Kamothe, Ulwe and Dron­a­giri as well.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice Vish­was Pand­here said, “The cam­eras will act as po­lice in­form­ers.”

Kharghar was in­cluded in the Navi Mum­bai de­vel­op­men­tal plan in 1979. Cidco is look­ing af­ter the node but the res­i­dents are de­mand­ing in­clud­ing the node in the NMMC.

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