Despite a huge connectivity bill pending and no clarity on payment as of now, the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) may resume service to the 14-CCTV camera network covering the area around Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Mandal Trust during the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations.
The pending connectivity bill for the year is almost Rs 41 lakh, but BSNL officials principally agreed to resume service so network can be used for surveillance between September 19 and 30.
With security being top priority after the serial blasts in the city on August 1, PMC officials and the city police had made an appeal to all Ganpati mandals to install their own CCTV camera network for good measure.
In article ‘BSNL bill unpaid, no CCTV cover for sensitive area in city’ published yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone I) Makarand Ranade, who is in charge of the 14-CCTV camera network system covering the area, had said that the pending connectivity bill of Rs 40,86,533 seemed exorbitant. However, Ranade feels that security during the upcoming festival is of utmost importance and the CCTV network is a crucial security measure.
“Our main concern is to have CCTV camera footage of the area during the Ganpati festival,” Ranade said. When contacted, Vivek Wankhede, key accounts manager, BSNL, said that connectivity could be resumed to the 14-CCTV camera network covering the area during the Ganpati festival, but protocol would have to be followed. “We need to get formal approval from our corporate office before actual implementation,” Wankhede said.