Bengaluru: ‘Protected Metropolis’ undertaking awarded to non-public bidder


The contract for implementing the Rs 496.67 crore police undertaking to make Bengaluru a secure metropolis for girls – by way of the in depth use of audio-video programs together with drones and CCTV – has been awarded to Honeywell Automation India Restricted. The ‘Protected Metropolis’ undertaking, which is being carried out in lots of cities throughout the nation below the ‘Nirbhaya Scheme’, created within the aftermath of a horrifying rape incident in New Delhi in 2016, will see the MHA offering 60% funds and the respective states contributing the remaining quantity.

The undertaking had run into an issue final yr after two senior law enforcement officials had been concerned in a spat over the tender course of for the undertaking.

An built-in command and management centre might be created in Bengaluru below the Protected Metropolis Mission “to handle a state-of-the-art video system that options greater than 7,000 video cameras deployed at over 3,000 places throughout the town”, Honeywell Automation India Ltd mentioned on Wednesday whereas saying that it has bagged the undertaking.

“The video system will present superior video analytics, together with facial recognition, a ‘Dial 100’ utility and drones. Honeywell will even improve the town police division’s present Suraksha app to assist enhance incident response fee and citizen engagement,” the corporate mentioned in its assertion. Bengaluru is amongst eight cities chosen for enhancement of the safety atmosphere in phases utilizing trendy electronics and communication know-how.

The undertaking “entails identification of sizzling spots for crimes in opposition to ladies and deployment of varied elements, together with infrastructure, know-how adoption, and capability constructing in communities by way of consciousness packages,” Honeywell mentioned in an announcement. The personal agency will function and keep the safety infrastructure in Bengaluru for 5 years.

“For greater than 30 years, Honeywell has supported India’s progress with differentiated applied sciences, working to make our cities safer, smarter and extra related,” Ashish Gaikwad, the president of Honeywell India, mentioned.

The secure metropolis undertaking tender, which was purported to be executed final yr, bought mired in an issue with two IPS officers buying and selling barbs over the undertaking. The controversy arose after one of many bidders for the undertaking reportedly complained to senior metropolis police officers that an officer of the house division had approached the bidder for particulars of the undertaking earlier than the Request for Proposal (RFP) was uploaded by the then extra commissioner of police (administration). The then secretary to the federal government (Jail, Civil Defence and Auxiliary Providers, House Division) D Roppa had alleged that there have been a number of irregularities associated to the undertaking. The tender course of was subsequently cancelled and was later floated once more below a recent administration within the police commissionerate.



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