Mumbai, Nov. 30: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday launched the first phase of the Mumbai surveillance project under which 1200 cameras have been installed at 434 locations across South Mumbai. The project, which is being implemented by Larsen and Toubro (L&T), was flagged by the former Congress-led UPA government in Maharashtra following the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack, which claimed 166 lives.

Around 1200 CCTV cameras has been installed by Mumbai Police as a part of 1st phase of CCTV camera surveillance network project. The entire project involves the installation of 6,000 CCTV cameras in Mumbai at a cost of Rs 949 crores. CM Devendra Fadnavis promised that the project would be completed in 2016. (ALSO READ: Will explore all legal options: Devendra Fadnavis on SC dance bar order)

Speaking at the event, CM Fadnavis dedicated the Phase-I of Mumbai City Surveillance Project to the nation and called it an important step towards national security. “As the police faces new challenges, digital intervention along with optimum utilisation of man power can ensure safety and security. I congratulate the High Power Committee headed by the CS and entire team who completed Phase I of this long pending project in record time,” said Fadnavis. “At such pace of work,I am sure that by next 26/11, entire Mumbai will be under surveillance,thereby making it the largest network in nation,” he added.

Fadnavis also said that after Mumbai and Pune CCTV cameras will be installed soon in other cities across the Maharashtra. “After Pune and Mumbai, we are also working on this for other cities of Maharashtra. Smart city is incomplete without making it a safe city. This robust state of art surveillance network will ensure Safe,Secure & Smart Mumbai,” said Fadnavis.