A year after Mumbai faced the gruesome 26/11 terror attack, work on a new base for the National Security Guard (NSG) in the city has begun at the 23-acre plot allotted to the elite commando force at Marol in Andheri (East).
Mumbai is the first city to house a NSG hub after the state government demanded the presence of the ‘black cats’ in the city after last year’s terror attack.
The National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) which has been contracted with the work has started building boundary walls, and pre-cast building materials to construct barracks that will house the 249-strong NSG contingent that has reached Mumbai.
The NBCC has gone ahead with the construction even though the private firm RPS Infraprojects Pvt Ltd is yet to vacate the plot.
On October 6, Hindustan Times had first reported that the construction company with its cement-mixing unit in the plot had proved to be an obstacle for the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) to start building the NSG hub.
Ketan Shah, director of the private firm, blamed the rains on Wednesday as a reason not to shift out of the plot. “We have dismantled most of our equipment from the plot. We just have to shift out.”
The NBCC has begun constructing barracks to house the NSG commandos, from pre-cast building materials procured from Chandigarh. The pre-cast barracks would be ready to house NSG personnel by the end of November or early December.
The NSG hub will operational only by February 2011. The commandos have been given a deadline of November 15 to vacate the Kalina police campus, where they have been put up now.
A.N. Roy, in-charge Maharashtra director general of police, said: “I have not been approached with such a problem. But if need arises, appropriate measure will be taken.”