Pricewaterhouse Coopers to advise on Mumbai CCTV project

July 20th, 2011 - 11:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, July 20 (IANS) International consulting major Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) would advise the Maharashtra government on its anti-terror project of installing CCTV cameras across Mumbai, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said here Wednesday.

“PWC is working on the project and is in the process of inviting tenders/bids for this (CCTV) project,” Chavan told reporters here.

He declined to answer queries whether the project got delayed for over two years allegedly due to bickering within the ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party alliance.

After the Nov 26-29, 2008 Mumbai terror attack, the government announced plans to install 5,000 CCTVs in the city.

Chavan said that a team of Mumbai Police officials had gone to New Delhi and Haryana to study similar CCTV projects there.

A team from London had visited the city and now a Mumbai police team will go there to “see how the system there is working”, he said.

The issue of the CCTV cover over the city came to the forefront after July 13 serial blasts in Mumbai. The city’s guardian minister and Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil said that as home minister in the past, he had cleared the project.

On his part, the present Home Minister R.R. Patil attempted to shift the blame to the finance department.

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