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Mumbai: BMC gets new disaster control room, linked to 5000 CCTV cameras


Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) claims it will now be able to tackle disasters better after installing a video wall on Monday in its upgraded disaster management room. The way one sees a display of multiple images on one screen in any television showroom, the BMC will be able to track the video footage received from various parts of Mumbai.

This video wall will help monitor the high definition live feeds from over 5,000 Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed by government agencies across the city. The 6.2 metre long and 1.74 metre broad video wall can be divided into eight multiple screens where each screen can be further divided into multiple images.

The disaster management room has been shifted from its 8000 sq. ft area on the ground floor to an area of 12,000 sq. ft on the second floor of the BMC headquarters building.

During the recent Jogeshwari fire, this video wall facility helped the Disaster Management department of the BMC to alert the fire brigade team and nearby police stations, inform the ambulance service providers and also direct the traffic police to divert traffic from adjacent roads leading to the site of the calamity.

During the opening ceremony of the new disaster management room, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta announced that the 24 municipal wards of Mumbai will have upgraded disaster management rooms. A data analysis room has been build to monitor these rooms and a total of Rs 7 crore was spent to build this new emergency wards.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “The BMC has been equipped with state of the art system in terms of these disaster control rooms. Effective preparation, emergency disaster measures and damage reduction measures are needed while implementing disaster management.”