Navi Mumbai to get 1,500 high-tech cameras as NMMC clears 154 crore CCTV project

Navi Mumbai to get 1,500 high-tech cameras as NMMC clears 154 crore CCTV project
Under the proposal, a combination of high definition, high speed, and pan-tilt-zoom cameras will be installed at the city’s entry/exit points, major junctions & key public places (Representational Image, Courtesy: acko.com)

In a bid to increase safety, the general body of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) recently cleared a proposal to install around 1,500 CCTV cameras in the city.

The Rs 154 crore proposal, which entails the installation of 1,439 CCTV cameras and the upgradation of 282 cameras currently in use, was prepared after a joint study conducted by the Navi Mumbai Police and NMMC. It was cleared by the civic body on Tuesday.

Per the plan, fixed-point high definition (HD) and high speed (HS) cameras will reportedly be installed at the six entry and exit points of the city – Vashi toll plaza, Airoli-Mulund bridge, Shilphata junction, Thane-Digha entry point, Kille Gaothan, and Belpada.

To crack down on violators, cameras with automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) facility will be installed at 54 locations.

“The ANPR feature will help us quickly identify any wanted vehicle that we are looking for. Usually, scanning footage and identifying a particular vehicle consumes a lot of time. With special features, it will be easy for us in investigations,” an officer from the Navi Mumbai Police Crime Branch told The Hindu.

The CCTV cameras will come up at locations recommended by the Navi Mumbai Police. Accordingly, a total of 154 HD cameras will be installed across the city and 27 main junctions will have HD/HS cameras.

Further, around 396 pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras will come up at key locations like stations, markets, bus depots, gardens, religious places, schools, hospitals, etc.

Major junctions and roads like Palm Beach Road, Sion-Panvel Highway, and Thane-Belapur Road will reportedly have 80 HS cameras, while nine thermal cameras will be put up along the 22-km creek and in coastal areas.

Additionally, panic alarm and call boxes will be put up at 43 locations, which can be used in case of emergencies, and public announcement systems will be installed at 126 places.

The footage from the cameras will be relayed realtime to the main control room at the Navi Mumbai Police headquarters in the NMMC building, along with eight smaller control rooms that will come up later.

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