125 CCTVs will start func­tion­ing in two weeks

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

As many as 125 closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras in­stalled by the City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (Cidco) at Kharghar and Kalam­boli will be oper­a­tional within two weeks.

The cam­eras will be mon­i­tored from a com­mand cen­ter on the sec­ond floor of Be­la­pur rail­way sta­tion premises by the po­lice as well as the Cidco of­fi­cials.

Cidco had de­cided to in­stall a to­tal of 574 CCTV cam­eras at 293 lo­ca­tions across all nodes. The work of in­stalling the cam­eras in other nodes is go­ing on in full swing.

The Navi Mum­bai po­lice had sug­gested Cidco with re­spect to the places of in­stalling the cam­eras so that max­i­mum ben­e­fits could be drawn from those to en­sure the safety of the res­i­dents.

“Cidco has in­stalled over 100 cam­eras in Kharghar alone. The num­ber of cam­eras in­stalled at Kalam­boli is less, but they are plan­ning to in­crease the num­ber at a later stage. The in­stal­la­tion work in these two nodes is over and we are now just fine-tun­ing those. All the cam­eras will be oper­a­tional within two weeks,” said Pradeep Kan­nalu, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice (wire­less).

“Af­ter dis­cussing with Cidco we have de­cided to use colour anal­y­sis and face recog­ni­tion soft­ware in the server of these cam­eras. It will help us curb ter­ror re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the city,” he added.

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

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

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