The Mumbai police’s coastal wing claims that monitoring the coastline during monsoon is impossible.
Police officials reason that the newly procured boats in their armoury cannot operate when the tide is high and the sea is choppy.
But neither the Indian Navy nor the Coast Guard faces this problem. Both agencies operate their vessels throughout monsoon without any hiccups.
Sources in the Indian Navy said “the roll” that you experience in the deep sea is much more compared to shallow waters so there is no reason why the Mumbai police cannot operate the patrol boats during monsoon.
“A boat would definitely experience a lot of roll in the sea because of the rough weather. But that cannot stop one from patrolling,” said a naval officer, on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media.
A senior Navy officer, who was part of the naval team that trained selected policemen, said: “Soon after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, there was a knee-jerk reaction. Coast policing got prime priority and the Mumbai police sought our help to train their officers.”
“We trained five batches of 15 to 20 police officials each in the watermanship training school,” the officer added.
“But to be comfortable at sea, one needs to be in the sea. When the weather is good, one should get tuned to the conditions at sea. But if one does not do that, then he will never be comfortable when the sea is rough, especially in monsoon.”