The diamond hubs at Opera House and Zaveri Bazaar paid dearly for their security lapses on July 13, 2011. Since then, they have taken serious security measures to make the areas more secure.
The Pancharatna society, which is the heart of the diamond trading business at Opear House, has taken the initiative and installed 10 high-resolution close circuit television cameras (CCTVs) in the lanes around it.
The lane to the back of the building, where the blast took place more than seven months ago, now has six CCTVs to monitor activities there, while the lane in front of the society has got four CCTVs.
Naresh Mehta, secretary of Pancharatna society, said the CCTVs were installed at the society’s expense. “Enhancing security in the surrounding area was necessary,” he said. The building already had tight security, which is probably why the bombers failed to plant the bomb inside its premises.
Besides this, authorities have prohibited parking in the lanes near the diamond hub. Earlier, around 500 two-wheelers used to be parked in these lanes.
The 40-odd unauthorised hawkers have also been removed from the area, said Mehta. “Pancharatna has also streamlined the process of identity card checks while entering the building premises.”
To do this, the society had to employ six bouncers for three months as some people were not cooperating.
In the more than 20 lanes at Zaveri Bazaar, vehicle parking has been completely prohibited.
Earlier, around 2,000 two-wheelers and 200 four-wheelers used to be parked in these lanes.
At least 250 unauthorised hawkers too occupied these lanes, who have all been cleared after the blast.
“Now only the licenced hawkers are allowed,” said Kumar Jain, vice-president of the Mumbai Jewellers’ Association.
Jain said all lanes now have barricades at their entry and exit points to prevent vehicles from coming in. “Five CCTVs have also been added to the existing 38 installed in the various lanes of Zaveri Bazaar.”