The Mumbai police are planning to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance and install 'panic buttons' in order to enhance the safety of women in the city.
The measures are part of Rs 252-crore Safe City Project, which will be implemented fully in three years. This would be the first time that UAVs would be used in the country for this purpose.
• After the shocking Nirbhaya gang-rape incident of 2012, the Union Home Ministry had invited proposals from police departments of big cities to provide more security to women.
• The Union Government had also allocated funds for such projects.
• In line with the same, the Mumbai Police came up with the Safe City Project, which contemplates the use of state-of-the-art technology to put in place a robust security system.
• Almost 60 per cent of the cost of the project is expected to be borne by the Centre.
• The Maharashtra government recently gave the in-principle nod for the project.
• The entire city will first be mapped using the Geographic Information System (GIS) and the spots where crimes against women have been reported frequently will be identified for installation of panic buttons.
• Upon pressing the panic button, an alert will be sent to the nearest police station, which can immediately rush its personnel to the spot.
• The city’s police are also planning to provide QR Codes and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to public vehicles so that they can be tracked.
• The project would also involve the introduction of an automatic number plate identification system and facial recognition system.
• In addition to over 5,000 CCTV cameras already in place, another 1,500 cameras will be set up to widen the surveillance network in the city.
• For the same, the police have identified 500 locations with underpasses and sky-walks.
The project, monitored by Police commissioner Datta Padsalgikar and Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sanjay Saxena, will be rolled out over the next three years.
Who: Mumbai Police