Police forces in mega cities will be provided with helicopters like in New York and London and other big cities of the world, Home Minister P Chidambaram said in Mumbai on Tuesday.
"There are plans to provide helicopters for the mega city policing. So when mega city policing project is complete, mega cities will have helicopters," Chidambaram told reporters after inaugurating the first of the four hubs of elite National Security Guard commandoes in Mumbai.
"That is the way policing is done in cities like New York and London and other big cities," he said.
The government had decided to set up these hubs after drawing a lesson from the delayed arrival of NSG team at Mumbai when terrorists struck on November 26 last year.
The 23-acre hub located at Marol, a suburb in Andheri, is close to the Airport and with its operationalisation, the response time of the commando force in countering any terrorist action in the western region would be reduced "very significantly".
Chidambaram will inaugurate similar hubs at Chennai and Hyderabad. Kolkata's NSG hub would also be inauguarted on Wednesday.