The security preparation for US President Barack Obama’s two-day visit to the city is a great learning experience, the Mumbai police said, as it is the first time they have made such large-scale arrangements.
“This will be a great learning experience for us and will make us better prepared for the security of VVIPs,” said a police, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The roads Obama will use to visit places have become high-security zones, and the police have bought additional 40 CCTVs to man these routes. Apart from this, the US Secret Service, which is responsible for Obama’s security, has asked the police and the civic body to count and check all manholes in and around the areas Obama is scheduled to visit.
“We have been getting regular advice from the Secret Service to follow procedures,” said a senior official, adding that the officers have advised the police to check all building windows that face the venues Obama will visit.
“The Secret Service has also told us to post an NSG commando at every building entrance en route the President’s destination,” the official said.
“We realised that we have not been prepared at all as per their standards in technology and arrangements, but we have regular meetings with the Secret Service and learn something new every day.”
“We are preparing well for Obama’s visit,” said Rajnish Seth, joint commissioner of police, law and order.