Stating that all important cities in the state would be brought under digital surveillance, Fadnavis informed that Pune is the first city to be under CCTV network.
The digital surveillance in Nashik would be upgraded from the system used for the Nashik Kumbh. Steps are being taken to install the CCTV network in Nagpur as well.
The Chief Minister said that face detection, number plate identification and data analysis system facilities would be available after the entire project is completed.
Admitting that were delays earlier in implementation of the CCTV network, despite best efforts, Fadnavis, however, said that L&T, which was given the contract in February 2015, was able to complete the first phase in the stipulated time.
He said the data feed from the CCTVs would be sent to Mumbai Police headquarters and traffic police headquarters at Worli command centre.
Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya said a high-powered committee set up earlier under the CS could not take a decision regarding the project despite being given all powers by the government.
“But I am happy that after I took over, we were able to take some decisions to ensure that the CCTV network sees the light of the day,” he said.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi said the number of cameras in first phase increased from 1,200 to 1,381 because, as per High Court’s request, additional 63 cameras were installed in the sessions court area.
Apart from the sessions court area, additional cameras were also installed at the Mumbai Port Trust and Girgaum Chowpatty areas.