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August 10, 2015


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Delayed CCTV Project Finally Set to get Underway in Mumbai

CCTV surveillance to soon become a reality for Mumbai

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After much delay Mumbai is finally bracing itself for the first phase of an enormous CCTV installation.

Beginning mid August a network of 6,020 remotely-controlled, high-definition IP cameras will be installed in 1,492 sites as part of a project first mooted after the 26/11 terror attacks.

The Rs949 crore CCTV project will provide real-time video streaming to deter criminals, support any criminal investigation and better equip enforcement agencies to respond quickly to incidents.

The video feed generated by the system will also provide necessary evidence for identifying and convicting culprits in legal proceedings and support in traffic management. The project also has the capability of providing event-based surveillance for around 100 institutions including shopping malls and hospitals.

The operation and maintenance of the CCTV-based surveillance system over the next five years is also part of the project.

The monitoring centre for the surveillance system will be established in Mantralaya. Multiple agencies such as the police, BMC and power distribution companies are also involved in the project.

The state government has signed an agreement with a Larsen and Toubro (L&T)-led consortium, consisting of MTNL and CMS Computers Limited. The installation of CCTV cameras is expected to be completed by October 2016.

“The first target of the Mumbai CCTV network will be the south zone,” said additional chief secretary (home) KP Bakshi, adding that this will cover South Mumbai and interiors of the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT). “A survey has been conducted in the entire MbPT area, all pole locations have been decided and 75% poles have been erected, while in the remaining south zone areas, nearly 60% poles have been put up.”

“We have an internal soft target to commission the CCTV network in 150 places by August 15,” said an official involved in the exercise, adding that wireless connectivity would be used to bridge last mile connectivity issues during rains, where digging is not allowed. Later, this will be shifted to a wired network.

“After this soft launch, we will gauge if the feed has any issues and resolve problems without waiting for November.”

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