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Soon, IDs for visitors at Mantralaya

mumbai Updated: Apr 15, 2013 01:24 IST
HT Correspondent

Once restoration work at Mantralaya is completed, visitors will be made to follow a strict security protocol to enter the building, which will include obtaining a smart card with a bar code and their photograph.

The high-powered committee that is supervising restoration work at Mantralaya has decided to set up a building management system (BMS) that will be headed by the Mumbai police.

Additional commissioner of police (protection and security) Madhukar Pandey has been directed to chalk out a plan for security measures to be followed after the restoration.

As per the plan, visitors will now have to procure smart cards from counters at the Garden Gate on the west side of the building. Under the BMS, there will be more than 10 counters to issue entry passes to visitors.

In the second phase of the work, a bridge will be constructed to take visitors directly to the first floor from where they can proceed to a desired floor.

“Entry will be monitored at the entrance of every floor. Floors with the offices of the chief minister, deputy chief minister, the seventh floor with conference rooms and executive dining hall and the VIP lounge meant for ministers on the ground floor will have restricted entry,” said an official from the public works department.

On Friday, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan held a review meeting of the restoration work, during which he was apprised with the delay in completion of work by nearly three weeks.

While civil work for the three top floors is expected to be completed by the end of the month, the electric work may take another month.

As per the revised plan, the seventh floor will have seven conference halls, of which one is expected to be a large cabinet hall.

Chief secretary JK Banthia said, “The restoration work is as per schedule. We have issued tenders for furniture and other internal equipment. Illumination work has also started. The second phase will start immediately after the lower floors are shifted to the top.”

Further, the underground sewage treatment plant (STP), has been augmented to have a capacity of more than 7 lakh litre.

“Earlier, the capacity was about 1 lakh litre. With an increased capacity, the water from the STP can be utilised for drinking and fire-fighting,” the officer said.