Safer Mum­bai: Cops to un­veil new CCTV net­work on Gandhi Jayanti

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - De­ba­sish Pan­i­grahi de­ba­sish.pan­i­grahi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

This Gandhi Jayanti, the Mum­bai po­lice’s fight against crime is poised to touch new highs.

On that day (Oc­to­ber 2), the most ex­pen­sive and elab­o­rate se­cu­rity project of the city po­lice, till date, the pan-Mum­bai CCTV net­work, is all set to be­come a re­al­ity.

“From street crimes to traf­fic of­fend­ers, sex­ual of­fend­ers to chain snatch­ers or even the oc­ca­sional stray­ing leop­ards from the San­jay Gandhi Na­tional Park — ev­ery hap­pen­ing in the city and the sub­urbs will come un­der our lens, live,” said a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer in­volved in the project.

The am­bi­tious project was con­ceived in the af­ter­math of the Novem­ber 26, 2008, ter­ror­ist at­tacks. Ac­cord­ing to the rec­om­men­da­tions of the Ram Prad­han com­mit­tee, a de­ci­sion was taken to in­stall CCTV cam­eras at more than 1,000 lo­ca­tions in the city. How­ever, even af­ter invit­ing bids in 2012 and 2013, the con­tract could not be awarded ow­ing to tech­ni­cal rea­sons.

Fi­nally in Fe­bru­ary 2015, the state gov­ern­ment put it on track by sign­ing a Rs949-crore deal with Larsen & Toubro for in­stal­la­tion of 6,000 closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion (CCTV) cam­eras in the next 90 weeks (around mid-Septem­ber 2016).

Mean­while, a highly placed source in the state home depart­ment claimed the de­ci­sion to make the project func­tional by Oc­to­ber 2 was taken in or­der to avoid crit­i­cism over not meet­ing the dead­line.

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