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
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.