On Sunday, state home minister RR Patil along with minister of state for home Satej Patil and some bureaucrats will leave for London to study the security systems there.
The high-profile delegation consisting of additional chief secretary, home, Umesh Chandra Sarangi, IT secretary Rajesh Agrawal, Mumbai police commissioner Arup Patnaik among others will begin their study of the functioning of the London Metropolitan Police, known as the Met, on Monday. The tour, planned after the July 13 blasts for taking some lessons on advanced security systems, will last for 3 days and the entourage will be back on September 22.
The group will be taken through the city’s integrated surveillance network and traffic system called the ‘ring of steel’, devised such that cars are forced to speed down and pass through a surveillance camera.
The system calls for creating narrow roads to enter the city centre and installing concrete blocks and artificial turns called ‘chicanes’ used in motor racing to slow down vehicles making it easy to monitor them. However, the concept cannot be entirely adopted as the city is circular in nature and can be entered through its diameter.
“Although direct replication is not possible, we will surely see how it can be applied in our scenario,” said a senior officer part of the delegation. The state is in the process of installing 5000 surveillance cameras in the city, after the 26/11 attacks.