Maharashtra Government decided to pay Rs. 22.96 lakh to the Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) as consultation fee for a four-month period, for the anti-terror project of installing CCTV cameras across Mumbai.
“The amount would be for a four-month period during September 1 and December 31,” a Government Resolution (GR) issued stated.
“The Commissioner of Police Mumbai will be the controlling officer for disbursal of funds,” the GR said.
The funds would be drawn under the ‘City Police Establishment’ expenditure head of Mumbai Police.
The government has hired the consultant firm to advise it on design and implementation of the project.
After the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack, the then Congress-led state government had announced plans to install 5,000 CCTVs across the city.
However, the project got delayed for over two years allegedly due to bickering within the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance.
A team of Mumbai Police officials had gone to New Delhi and Haryana to study similar CCTV projects there.
The government had launched the first phase of the project in November last year covering south Mumbai – from Colaba to Worli – where 1,381 cameras have been installed.