K Subramanyam, former director general of police for the state, said that beat marshals are already in place and all they need to do is visit places, irrespective of them being inhabited or abandoned.
"Increasing beat policing would depend on the availability of manpower. It cannot be done overnight. Maharashtra has been recruiting thousands of personnel every year. While the system exists, it needs to be made more effective," said Subramanyam.
IPS officer turned lawyer YP Singh, however, was not too optimistic about it. "The British system of beat policing has been reduced to using rounds to collect haftas."