It’s been nearly a year that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) shifted its headquarters to the Civic Centre, but the civic agency is yet to provide CISF cover at the 28-storeyed building. Reason: the MCD is delaying providing accommodation and equipment to the security agency.
The civic agency had inaugurated the Rs 600-crore Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre nearly two years ago. It had decided to hand over the security of the building to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
According to an MCD official, there has been a delay in deploying CISF personnel at the building due to the civic body’s failure to provide accommodation and other facilities to the security agency.
“About 350 personnel will be deployed at the building, which means proper accommodation has to be provided to them. The MCD is still going through the formality of finding an accommodation,” said the official.
After a long wait, the MCD’s Standing Committee on Wednesday approved the purchase of vehicles for CISF personnel, who would maintain security at the Civic Centre.
As per the approved plan, the MCD will buy one pick-up van, truck (troop carrier) and two buses, having a seating capacity for 52 people, at a cost of Rs 88.65 lakh. The amount includes procurement, registration and other allied charges payable to the transport authority.
Besides, the MCD has approved the purchase of gadgets like bomb-suppression blankets, explosive vapour detectors, bomb detection kits, door-frame metal detectors, hand-held metal detectors, non-metallic prodders, bullet-proof jackets, bullet-proof helmets and under-vehicle surveillance systems.
According to officials, as soon as the problem of accommodation is solved security will be put in place.