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Centre approves NSG hub for WB

kolkata Updated: Jan 14, 2009 20:16 IST

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Centre has approved a National Security Guard (NSG) hub in West Bengal for effectively dealing with terrorist attacks and disruptive activities.

Such a hub, likely near Kolkata, will come up along with NSG hubs in three other metros.

The state government is looking for 1,200-1,500 acres of land, required to set up the NSG hub, at Barasat, Burdwan and

Kalyani areas, State chief secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborty told reporters in Kolkata on Wednesday.

He said that the NSG authorities wanted the land to be near the airport for facilitating easier force movement in extreme condition.

The state police and the Kolkata police are also demanding land for them to raise their own commando forces, the chief secretary said.

The land for raising a special commando training centre for the state police has already been identified, he said.

Admitting lack of infrastructural facilities to curb infiltration from across Bangladesh border, the chief secretary said, border road construction is yet to be completed despite the fact that such roads are required for smooth movement of the security forces.

Also, fencing a 400-km long stretch along the international border is yet to be completed.

Chakraborty said once coastal security is strengthened in the state, guarding of the large riverine borders with Bangladesh would be easier.