To maintain closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and traffic signals installed at 135 locations across the island city, the municipal corporation has approved two-year contracts worth Rs9.76 crore.
These spots stretch from Colaba, and fork out up to Mahim at the western side and Sion in the east.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation ( BMC) had in 2007 installed cameras and signals at 255 locations across the city and its suburbs – 135 of these are located in the island city.
Extending contracts for maintenance of the system in the island city, the civic work committee (city) approved contracts worth Rs5.18 crore for maintenance of signals, while the remaining amount of Rs4.58 crore will be spent to maintain traffic detection system and CCTV cameras, keeping security vigil.
“To streamline vehicular movement, BMC adopted the traffic control system five years ago with financial assistance from World Bank. As part of the same, traffic control rooms were set up at headquarters of traffic police and BMC’s traffic department. Since the system maintenance contract period ended by October-end, the proposal was moved,” said a senior official from BMC’s roads (traffic) department said on condition of anonymity.
“The island city is home to some vital locations like civic headquarters, state secretariat and other government and private offices,” said Tamil R Selvan, chief of the panel.
“At the same time, it is important road safety is ensured. That is why members wanted to know whether all places have cameras installed and if they are functioning,” he added.