Shiv Sena Bhavan, headquarters of the Shiv Sena, situated at Dadar will now have automatic doors with central locking system instead of rustic Sainiks guarding it.
The four-decade-old office of Bal Thackeray's party is just confirming the belief of the Sainiks that the party is in transition under his son and Executive President Uddhav Thackeray.
The high-tech security system is being installed for the newly reconstructed swanky office of the party following the recent incident of stone-pelting at the office by activists of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, formed by Thackeray's rebel nephew Raj. Besides, the Mumbai police have told the Sena authorities to upgrade its security system in view of terror threat. One of the spots in the 1993 serial bomb blasts was just next to the Sena Bhavan.
The system will ensure that the entrance gate to the Sena Bhavan is automatically shut by pressing a button located in the security control cabin. German technology is being used by a private company which is installing the system, said a top party official who is not authorized to talk to the media.
Besides, biometric access control system is being installed for the antechamber of Executive President Uddhav Thackeray .
"The ante-chamber in Uddhav's fourth floor office in Sena Bhavan has a system which is programmed in a manner that it only recognises his fingers and palm," the official said.
Though the system is nothing new for the corporate offices, many Sainiks are quite amused at the change in the party.
"There were days when we used to sit outside the Sena Bhavan to guard it. Now, the times are changing and new threats make it necessary for the party to adopt modern ways of defence as recommended by the police," pointed out Pramod Navalkar, a veteran Sena leader.
Party secretary Divakar Borkar who is in charge of the office chose not to speak much. "Something is going on but I am not aware of what exactly is being done as happening exactly as I am not looking after it."
The old party headquarters that was formed in 1966 was brought down in 2004 for giving a new look.
Beside technology driven security system, the swanky restructured five-storied building of the party has hydraulic lifts for the VIP car parking like any big corporate office.