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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

FESTIVE SEASON: Security in Mumbai to be beefed up!


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Staff Reporter, The Hindu /  MUMBAI, August 2, 2011.

In view of the upcoming season of festivals and the recent blasts that rocked the city, the Mumbai Police have declared a slew of measures for the security of South Mumbai, which has always been on the terrorists' target list. “We will be involving the people in the security of the city. This will have a force multiplier effect. The people can become the eyes and ears of the police,” Additional Commissioner of Police (South Region) Nawal Bajaj said in a press conference here on Monday.
The measures include mapping the area meticulously, random combing of susceptible areas, rolling out street plays, advertising campaigns for spreading awareness among others.
“The sheer volume of people makes any standard techniques of control or monitoring redundant in the area. Nearly three million people come to South Mumbai everyday for work,” Mr Bajaj said.
He said that the police have been regularly carrying out safety audits of places. “But we do not have any legal tools to ensure compliance with it. We will certify public places which adhere to these standards. This will work as positive reinforcement,” he said.
He also said that the police have suggested a string of measures to the local municipal body for betterment of security. “We have suggested that they should install plastic dustbins, should clear illegal hawkers from time to time, should clear garbage three times a day,” he said.


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