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Security goals only partially achieved

The state home department, on Friday, admitted that it has been able to meet with only about 70% of the recommendations made by the Ram Pradhan Committee.

mumbai Updated: Jul 16, 2011 01:34 IST
Sayli Udas Mankikar

The state home department, on Friday, admitted that it has been able to meet with only about 70% of the recommendations made by the Ram Pradhan Committee.

The high-level committee was formed to look into the lapses that occurred during the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The report was given tabled by the government in the legislature in December 2009.

Two days after the Mumbai serial blasts, the state government is scurrying around trying to put a find reasons for the lapse in intelligence, and is planning a special meeting to review the security situation in the city.

New plans will be drawn and projects reviewed once again, but what about the promises made? "According to the review taken today, we seem to have met with at least 70% of the recommendations made by the Ram Pradhan Committee," said additional chief secretary (ACS) Umeshchandra Sarangi.

Sarangi said that one of the most important areas of focus was coastal security.

"The sea route needs to be secured first, and we need police stations along the coast. We have about 41 boats till now and 18 more expected by October. We also have nine police stations under construction and a marine training institute in Raigad has been proposed. All fishermen will have biometric cards by August," Sarangi said.

However, the biggest problem the department is facing is acquisition of land for the institute and for the remaining three police stations.

Developing a team of intelligence experts, and forming a special force to tackle terror situations were the other important focus areas in the report. "Force One has been formed and 220 commandos have been deployed. We are yet to start construction of the academy at the site," Sarangi said.

He added that there are every week, various agencies meet to share intelligence. "All agencies, including the Intelligence Bureau (IB), State Intelligence Department (SID) and the Mumbai police come together and share their inputs. We pursue these leads until we feel all doubts have been laid to rest," he said.