In January, state chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad approved the proposal to buy 6,000 CCTV cameras and it was decided that the existing 400 cameras will be integrated into the network.
According to a state government official, seven bidders were initially shortlisted from ten and out of them, two finally qualified. He said the Reliance-led consortium was the lowest bidder and is poised to bag the bid. The consortium comprises Allied Digital, Cisco, IBM and RIL.
Although the state government decided to install the surveillance cameras after the 26/11 attacks in the city, the idea first came up after a series of terror attacks had rocked the city, beginning in 1993, when several explosions occurred across Mumbai just within a few hours' gap. The CCTV camera project will make real-time footage available to police stations and a central control room for more effective vigilance.