City cops walk extra ‘Mall Mile’ to step up security
In view of the 65th Independence Day on Wednesday, a high-alert has been sounded in the National Capital Region (NCR).gurgaon Updated: Aug 14, 2012 01:12 IST
In view of the 65th Independence Day on Wednesday, a high-alert has been sounded in the National Capital Region (NCR).
The security apparatus has been strengthened and adequate arrangements have been made to avoid any untoward incident.
The police have beefed up security in and around malls, multinational companies, metro stations and market places. Strict instructions have been issued to all mall authorities to keep a watchful eye on people.
Police personnel were deployed in large numbers on MG Road on Monday.
Joint commissioner of police Anil Rao said mall authorities and maintenance agencies manning swanky office buildings, especially corporate houses, have been asked to be extra cautious.
“The strength of security personnel around malls, office buildings and market places has been scaled up,” he added.
Mall owners have also undertaken steps to enhance security cover on their premises. The numbers of PCR vans patrolling MG Road have increased.
“Security has been reinforced and is more stringent. We are using sniffer dogs and CCTV cameras have been installed at various strategic locations across the mall,” said Col KS Khatana, security manager at DLF City Center Mall, MG Road.
“We have increased our security personnel from 12 to 15. Two male and female guards have been deployed at the main entrance for security checks. The police are also conducting regular checks in the mall,” Major RS Phogat, security manager at MGF Metropolitan Mall told Hindustan Times.
Gurgaon — one of the top 10 fastest developing cities in the world with major investment attractions from the UK and the US — has around 25 malls across the city with a high concentration on the 2.5 km stretch known as the MG Road.
Every day lakhs of people visit these malls, making it a major hangout zone during the weekends.