Eight years after Mumbai terror attack, in which at least 166 people were killed and more than 300 were injured, the task of securing India’s financial capital’s vast coastline continues to remain in progress. Recently, the city police procured more than over 20 thermal cameras for monitoring at night. It has also written to Maharashtra government for setting up electronic surveillance-equipped operation centres at all landing points and six outposts in the coastline. The police have been given land at Gorai in the western suburbs to construct its third coastal police station, a ‘The Indian Express’ report has said.
A senior official told the paper that thermal cameras were part of the CCTV project in which nearly 000 CCTVs have been procured for installation in the city, which will help the police keep vigil on the coastline at night. Even as Yellow Gate and Mahim Sagari police stations were fully operational, the Versova Sagari police station was operating out of rented premises. The police recently were able to procure 2,000 sqm in Gorai and the work to build the police station will commence soon, he added.
Apart from the coastal police, the Coast Guard and Indian Navy also secure the 7,500-km coastline. However, for the maritime agencies, fishing boats used to launch terror attacks remains the biggest challenge. As per an estimate, nearly 30,000 fishing trawlers are registered in Maharashtra, of which 8,000 are from the state capital. The number of fishermen in the state is around 2 lakh.
While the unauthorised boats have always been a concern for security agencies. But with most of fishing trawlers being colour coded, the pressure has eased a bit for the agencies securing the 720-km coastline of the city.