Mumbai: The state government has decided to expand the extensive closed-circuit television (CCTV) network in Mumbai to help police curb crimes. Therefore 5,625 more CCTV cameras have been approved by the state Cabinet on Tuesday. The number of high tech cameras in the city will rise to 10,342 after the installation of the additional CCTV cameras. The cameras will be fixed in slum areas, arterial roads, bylanes and Mumbai coast.

Two years back, in October 2016, about 4,717 CCTV cameras were installed by the Mumbai police on 2,293 poles at 1,510 locations including the main roads and at traffic junctions. A report by The Times of India quoted Additional Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar as saying, “The police department had submitted its requirement for additional CCTVs. The Cabinet has approved the proposal, expected to cost ₹323.23 crore.”

A home department official reportedly said that the current CCTV network (phase-1) available in the city has played a vital role in helping the police solve crimes quickly. A senior home department official reportedly said that CCTV cameras will soon be installed in the key blind spots of Phase-2 on aerial roads and slum areas for surveillance purpose.

The official said that the Mumbai police had already collected information on blind spots from various police stations. Moreover, fresh tenders would not be issued for the purpose as the contract already has a provision to accommodate the additional requirement of cameras, added the official.

A similar initiative has been undertaken by the Delhi government this year to install of CCTV cameras in trucks carrying ration and to inspect fair price shops by top officials in Delhi. According to an order issued by the food supplies and consumer affairs department, field functionaries will keep a close watch on fair price shops which are suspected to be indulging in unfair practice like pilferage.

(With Agency inputs)