State nod for plan to install over 5k more CCTV cams in Mumbai

The Maharashtra state cabinet approved a Rs.323-crore proposal to install an additional 5,625 CCTV cameras in Mumbai.

This will take the total number of CCTV cameras watching over Mumbai to 10,342. There is already an existing network of 4,717 cameras in the city, which are functioning at an optimal level of 96%.

The additional cameras will cover sensitive areas and roads with street and traffic crimes and offences against women. “The additional cameras will be installed in areas where the existing network is falling short. Many internal roads are not covered. All those loopholes will be covered now,” said a senior official.

The Rs.980-crore Mumbai CCTV surveillance project, floated after the 26/11terror attacks, was being executed by L&T and went live in September 2017.

“The cost of this project is less because only additional cameras have to be installed. There is a clause in the existing contract with L&T that in case the project needs to be expanded they will do so,” said the official.

Officials have said the CCTV network in Mumbai has helped them in crime detection and also in instilling traffic discipline. So far, over eight lakh e-challans have been issued to motorists, the official added.

Officials said work to connect the mobile command vans to a satellite network and also add extra features was on.

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