Bulletproof walls for Mantralaya
The state's home department has a mega security proposal for the state secretariat that will include bulletproof compound walls and watch towers besides replacing old scanning machines to scrutinise visitors’ bags.
Home minister R. R. Patil on Monday said that the Rs 10 crore proposal will be implemented by the Public Works Department and will require cabinet approval.
“The proposal has been worked out by the home department and is currently with the Public Works Department,” said Patil. He was speaking to the media at his office in the state secretariat on Monday.
“Such bulletproof walls are there at the Vidhan Bhavan, Reserve Bank of India and many consulate offices. The idea is to protect the main Mantralaya buildings,” he added.
There has been an increased threat perception for the state secretariat building post 26/11 and the state has been
deliberating over a security overhaul.
The fear is that the distance between the various gates to the Mantralaya buildings is just 26 metres or less and any attack or explosives from outside can harm the main structure.
“The bullet-proof compound wall will protect the main building even if a vehicle packed with explosives blasts right at the gate,” said a senior police official.
The department has also ordered 11 scanning machines to be installed at all the gates of the Mantralaya to check luggage, said Patil.
Currently, the machines are non-functional and security personnel are checking the luggage manually.
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