Two key coastal police stations under the Mumbai police — Yellow Gate and Mumbai Sagari — have a severe staff crunch with over 1,000 official/staff positions vacant for more than a year.
Officials of these police stations have reminded their superiors about this crunch, in vain.
The Yellow Gate police station has a sanctioned strength of around 690 but only 180-odd policemen are presently posted there.
Incidentally, Yellow Gate is the only police station for the entire Western coast and any offence not just in the state but also in Goa is registered here.
From boat accidents to cases involving Somalian pirates, all crimes on water are registered at Yellow Gate.
As a result, this police station is burdened with paper work.
More officers are needed to ease this burden but of the 60-odd sanctioned posts of police sub-inspectors, only three are actually posted here.
The Mumbai Sagari police station, formed after 26/11, has a sanctioned strength of around 750 while only 160-odd policemen are posted in the police station.
Aside from manning the city’s 114-kilometre coastline, the police also have to look after 66 sea landing points.
Lack of manpower leaves these points exposed.
The police also have to man the first 12 nautical miles of the Arabian Sea, after which the Coast Guard and the Navy take over.
Officials said that apart from the job of patrolling the seas and land areas under them, the coastal police stations are also placed on various bandobast duties, putting additional burden on them.
Sources said that a few vacancies were filled up in these police stations recently, but new recruits are yet to report for duty due to various reasons.
Sources said that after the 26/11 attack, the state government had approved most demands concerning coastal security, including a total strength of nearly 1,400 policemen for both stations.
“Filling up posts is an internal matter of the Mumbai police. The home ministry has cleared the proposals sent by police long ago,” said an official of the state police.