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Following Wednesday’s serial blast in Mumbai, the state government has decided to install 5,000 closed circuit television cameras in the city and set up a four-layer backup communication system.
The idea of a back up communication system was mooted after chief minister Prithviraj Chavan himself faced problems in communicating with senior officers immediately after the serial blasts, informed a senior government official.
“The CM was in Mantralaya when the bombs went off at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Kabutarkhana. Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad and additional chief secretary (home) Umesh Chandra Sarangi were also in Mantralaya at the time. All of them got the news from television news channels, but none of them could contact any senior police officer for confirmation for at least 15 minutes due to network jam. Learning its lesson, the state has been decided to set up a communication back up that will have four layers,” the senior official said.
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