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State to fortify dams against terror attacks

mumbai Updated: Dec 23, 2010 01:39 IST
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Fearing that terrorist organisations would attack the state’s water installations, the home department has asked for security at dams across the state to be stepped up.

The state also plans to take steps to ensure information on the dams is not available on search engines such as Google.

Home minister RR Patil expressed concern over the security of dams in the state in a meeting that took place at Mantralaya on Wednesday. The government fears terrorist groups will try to sabotage the water supply system.

The state has decided to hand over security of the Koyna dam to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), considering its strategic location.

“The Koyna dam is a 100 TMC [thousand million cubic feet] water dam and is extremely sensitive. So a decision was taken to hand it over to the CISF. We have asked the irrigation department for two boats for the dam,” minister of state for home Satej Patil, who attended the meeting, said.

This move comes after a recent revelation by an Inter-Services Intelligence spy arrested by the Mumbai police disclosed that the Koyna dam was on the terror radar. The government does not want any information about the dams to be disseminated in the public domain. Patil has asked the director general of police D Sivanandhan to get in touch with the search engine, Google, and request it to block all maps that show the dams of the state.

Sivanandhan will also ask the company to block all photographs and information available on the dams through the search engine.

The home minister has also ordered deputy superintendents of police to pay attention to the dams in their areas.