Coming soon to Gujarat: Eye in the sky for more Vishvas

Gandhinagar/Ahmedabad: The state government’s Rs 300 crore Vishvas Command and Control System is likely to be operational later this month, according to officials associated with the project. The massive surveillance project has a direct line to the Chief Minister’s office, to facilitate timely response in times of crisis. The police project, the first of its kind, will help law keepers crack down on gangs involved in crimes such as theft, loot, human trafficking, murder, in addition to keeping track of possible terrorist activities.

Of the 7,000 CCTV cameras to be installed under the Vishvas project, 6,000 have already been installed across the state. A 2.5-m high wall of screens has already been set up at the CMO, meaning the chief minister can watch any incident live.

In addition to all roads in 41 cities and their interconnected highways, the new survelliance system will cover 34 districts across the state, as well as six major pilgrimage centres and the Statue of Unity.

Cameras are also installed at entry and exit points of smaller cities, towns highways and tourist destinations. Urban areas will be covered by the Smart City project, under which 34 control rooms have been set up at police headquarters in 34 districts. The SP office located in Sector 27, Gandhinagar, will serve as the Central Command Centre for all of these.

Inspector-General of Police for planning and modernization, Narasimha Komer told First India, “This advanced monitoring system will be very useful in solving serious crimes like road accident, hit and run, inter-state theft, robbery, murder and also to control criminal activity. From e-memos to terrorist activities or operations, this project will help us in everything.” The high-resolution cameras will allow the police to track a driver’s face, as well as the vehicle number, he added.

The 12 high-tech workstations set up at the command centre will allow law enforcers to track GPS locations of specific vehicles as well.

The project was launched in February across seven districts, with participation from the Home Department, Science and Technology and Gujarat Infotech in addition to Gujarat police.

The project will merge with the National Crime Records Bureau’s vehicle database.