CCTV cameras to watch every corner of sea link

Mumbaithe sea link will be covered with three different types of cameras - fixed surveillance cameras, rotating surveillance cameras and those that can zoom in.

Nearly a year after the city police surveyed the Bandra-Worli sea link and suggested measures to enhance security, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has proposed to install almost 80 surveillance cameras of three different types to secure the structure.

The MSRDC, which has already submitted a proposal to this effect to the police, will meet senior officers on Tuesday to finalise the specifications of the close-circuit television cameras to be installed, a senior official said.

Madhukar Pandey, additional commissioner of police, who heads the protection and security department, said, "The proposal is is in the final stages. We had earlier advised them on the kind of security needed to ramp up surveillance on the sea link. Now, MSRDC officials want some kind of confirmation from us about the cameras and the specifications. It will be cleared in tomorrow's meeting."

According to the MSRDC's proposal, the sea link will be covered with three different types of cameras - fixed surveillance cameras, rotating surveillance cameras and those that can zoom in.

"We met police officers last week and gave a presentation. We still need to know the stipulations they require to work out the final cost. Once the police clear the specifications, we will prepare a final proposal and put it before our board for approval," an MSRDC official said.

As per the MSRDC's proposal, the surveillance cameras will have fibre-optic cable connectivity to the state corporation's control room on the Bandra-end of the sea link.

Pandey, however, said real-time feeds to the police control room will take some time. "It will be taken up, but at a later stage. We are also looking at installing CCTV cameras across the city, for which we will have a control room for monitoring the feeds. We will set up fibre-optic feed from the sea-link CCTV cameras to the same control room," he said.

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