The Bombay High Court had directed the BMC to install CCTV cameras in the hospitals and maternity homes after incidents of new born babies going missing were reported from there. It seems that the civic body has neglected the orders of the HC as CCTV cameras are not installed in 18 civic maternity homes. The information came to fore from municipal commissioner’s reply to Shiv Sena corporator Sheetal Mhatre.
Mhatre had sought information on installation of CCTV cameras in the BMC-run maternity homes and hospitals. Mhatre said that she raised voice many times on this issue. Finally, she asked the municipal commissioner by taking help of a BMC section. There are many reports of new born babies going missing from the civic hospitals and maternity homes. The HC had directed the concerned authorities to install CCTV cameras. At many places, the CCTVs are not functioning. When she asked who manages the CCTV network, the civic administration has shown its apathy on addressing this query.
Mhatre alleged that civic administration and municipal commissioner are not taking this issue seriously. Municipal commissioner has accepted that there are no CCTV cameras installed in 18 civic hospitals. Though the contract to manage CCTV cameras has ended in 2009, the BMC has not made arrangement in this regard. By doing this, the BMC administration is playing with the lives of infants and their mothers, alleged Mhatre.
A newborn baby was stolen from Sion hospital in the year 2009. Based on this, the Bombay High Court had directed the BMC to install CCTV camera in its hospitals and the civic body had even taken a decision in this connection. The installation of cameras was carried out in 27 hospitals and eight maternity homes but 18 are still lacking this facility.