Even four years after a group of terrorists travelled by sea and entered the city, authorities seem to be lacking the will to put the patrolling of the harbour in place.
Twenty-two constables, who have undergone training to patrol the seas and have also cleared Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) exams, are awaiting clearance from the commissioner’s officer for taking up their new jobs.
Sources in the Port Zone, which is vested with the coastal security up to 12 nautical miles on the eastern and the western city shore, said not much had changed following the 26/11 terror attacks.
While there is requirement of around 140 captains and drivers for patrolling the shores, only 32 are available. And while 23 boats are required for the same purpose, only 10 are available, of which five are in running condition.
Sources said the condition of the boats acquired for patrolling was extremely poor.
“The batch of police constables has been waiting since months. However, the clearance is taking time as different departments have been given the responsibility of issuing sanctions,” said a police officer from the Port Zone, on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police, south region, said, “After a proposal was forwarded to us by the motor transport department, it was sent to the police headquarters. Sanctions are likely to be issued soon.”
Meanwhile, the state home ministry has issued tender to fill post of 116 persons. The posts were filled a year ago on contract basis, which have now expired.
The Port Zone has the responsibility of patrolling shores spanning from Gateway of India to Vashi Creek Bridge on the east coast, which comes under the Yellow Gate police station. Whereas, the Mahim Sagari police station is responsible from Cuffe Parade to Gorai on the western shore.