Union home minister P Chidambaram inaugurated the National Security Guards (NSG) hub at Marol on Thursday, but it will be a while before the elite force can work out of the 20-acre facility.
Mooted in the aftermath of the 26/11 terror attacks in the city, when the commandos had to be flown in from Delhi leading to loss of life and property, two-and-a-half-years later, the hub has only basic amenities, unlike the ones in Chennai, Hyderabad and West Bengal, which are fully operational.
To blame is the purported lack of coordination between the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC), which was awarded the Rs56-crore contract by the Centre to build the hub, and the state government.
RK Medhekar, director general of NSG, pointed out in his inaugural address that several issues are yet to be addressed for the 250-men force to function effectively. Medhekar sought cooperation from state home minister RR Patil, and guardian minister for Mumbai suburban, Nasim Khan.
"Our campus is located in a crowded area, and several matters require cooperation from the state government. Two high-tension wires pass through the campus, which proves to be an obstacle in the flight path of our helicopters," said Medhekar, requesting that they be relocated.
Medhekar also sought the widening of the bridge on Mithi river that passes through the campus and connects to the police training campus.
Chidambaram was quick to ask the NBCC to correct the deficiencies in the construction and finish the hub at the earliest. “IIT-Rookee has been roped in to study and help the NBCC in rectifying the deficiencies,” said the home minister.