Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has started reviewing security measures in Mumbai because he believes the possibility of another terrorist attack persists.
“Chavan met senior police officials, who told him that the boats procured to patrol the coast did not work properly. The fact that CCTV cameras installed at sensitive installations also do not work worried him,” said a bureaucrat on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Chavan confirmed that he chaired the meeting, but refused to say what was discussed.
“Mumbai fought the greatest challenge, the 26/11 terror attacks, with strength and courage. But the danger persists,” said Chavan while addressing his first media conference on Thursday.
Chavan’s had access to sensitive national and international intelligence inputs while working in the Prime Minister’s Office for the past seven years.
A senior official said: “Chavan knows everything in and out. He has been in touch with national and international agencies that are working against terrorism. So, it’s a kind of alert for all of us in the government.”
Considering Chavan’s knowledge of warfare — he has designed instrumentation for submarines — he is expected to take a full review of the state’s anti-terror preparedness soon.
“We expect valuable suggestions from Chavan,” said the bureaucrat. “With him at the helm of affairs, we expect better coordination between Central and state intelligence agencies.”
The lack of coordination between Central and state intelligence agencies was blamed for the 26/11 attacks.