Post-26/11, the government wants to ensure that all vital locations in Mumbai remain under the watchful eye of security agencies. If things work out well, then Mumbai – like London, which has over 15,000 CCTVs installed across the city for security purposes – will have a network of closed-circuit TVs covering all major roads and locations. The Dy. Chief Minister of Maharashtra Chagan Bhujbal has said that the state plans to install CCTV cameras at all prominent locations, such as malls, places of religious worship, hospitals, important junctions and arterial roads. The idea was discussed at a meeting in Mantralaya that was chaired by the dy. Chief Minister and was attended by Home Minister Jayant Patil and Finance Minister Dilip Walse-Patil as well as by other senior ministers like Ajit Pawar and Harshvardhan Patil. State director-general of police A N Roy, Mumbai Police Commissioner Hasan Gafoor and other senior police officials were also present. Sources said the network of CCTVs would also help look out for rash motorists, dacoits and other criminal elements. If executed, the project would cost close to Rs 150 Crore for its execution. Bureau report – NMTV News.
October 19, 2008