The speedboats of the Mumbai Coastal police resumed patrolling two days ago, although not completely, after a gap of two months.
This monsoon was its first since the police have acquired its high-tech speedboats and amphibian vehicles worth crores, but they were unable to withstand rains.
The high tides had crippled the police’s coastal patrolling operations and the speedboats were lying idle. However, a day after Ganpati visarjan, the speedboats started patrolling.
“We had ventured into the sea on Koyna and patrolled from Raj Bhavan to the sea link, but the weather got rough and we had to return,” said Assistant Senior Inspector L.G. Tarfe, of Versova Sagri police station.
Tarfe, who was on duty on Koyna for the last three days, could not withstand the weather fluctuations and had to abandon the patrolling mid-way.
Taking lessons from the shortcomings of the earlier delivered speedboats such as Koyna and Kaveri, the police had given a feedback to Goa Shipyard Ltd, the manufacturing company, to improvise them according to the city’s coastline.
“The new boats are equipped to withstand the strong currents,” said Qaizer Khaid, deputy commissioner of police (port zone).
The main reason the police had stopped patrolling was because the equipment of the speedboats were not fit enough to venture during high tide.
The drivers are local fishermen who are not qualified to handle the speedboats in rough weather and refuse to take the risk of venturing into the sea during high tides.