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MSRDC seeks funds to safeguard Bandra-Worli sea link

mumbai Updated: Nov 12, 2009 17:32 IST

With the state-of-the-art Bandra-Worli Sea Link on the target list of terrorists, MSRDC has again reminded the state government to grant funds to procure security gadgets for the safeguard of this engineering marvel.

The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) recently wrote a letter to the state Home ministry and to Public Works Departments reminding them about its earlier communication in which it had referred to City Police Chief D Sivanandan's instructions to install mobile-gantry-based explosive scanners on the bridge.

The Rajeev Gandhi Sea Link built at a cost of around Rs 1,600 crore, was inaugurated in June last week, between Bandra and Worli in central Mumbai.

"Keeping the police chief's suggestions in mind, we had written to the PWD and Home deparments seeking funds in this regard. We recently reminded the deparments again about the funds," Satish Gawai, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MSRDC, told PTI.

"Once the funds are sanctioned, we will procure the required security gadgets and install them at the bridge," he said.

The city police chief in July had asked the MSRDC to take appropriate steps to secure the cable-stayed bridge from the possibility of a "spectacular" terror attack.

Asked about the delay, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Chandra Iyengar said, "We will pursue the matter and do the needful on a priority basis."