Mantralaya in Mumbai to get more security
Citizens looking to enter the building will now be given a visitor’s pass with his/her picture taken at the entry points. Also, the access will be restricted to the departments people want to visit.mumbai Updated: Jul 19, 2017 13:10 IST
Entering Mantralaya in Mumbai, considered to be the headquarters of the government, may now get more difficult for common man, as the home department plans to tighten the internal security by controlling access points for visitors and vehicle monitoring system.
Citizens looking to enter the building will now be given a visitor’s pass with his/her picture taken at the entry points. Also, the access will be restricted to the departments people want to visit.
The home department has chalked out a plan to beef up security, in association with the public works and general administration departments, on the directives of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis immediately after a farmer alleged he was hit by a police on duty in Mantralaya four months ago.
The plan is being finalised by a high-powered committee headed by the chief secretary, after a private consultancy firm, in its report, stated the measures would cost Rs12 crore.
As part of the plan, the main and annexure buildings of Mantralaya will get additional 300 CCTV cameras to keep a check on the internal security.
Security agencies have also suggested restricting vehicle entries inside the building by issuing specially-coded passes to permitted vehicles.
The blueprint has a plan to revive the vehicle scanning system, which has been defunct for the past few years. It has also been suggested not to allow passengers in cars to enter the building without frisking.
At least 2,500 citizens visit Mantralaya daily, while the number goes up to 4,000 on the day of the cabinet meeting, when all ministers attend their office in the state government headquarters.
“The fencing wall will be raised to 6-foot, with intrusion detection devices on three sides of the building. It will be built by the PWD, which also plans to set up a waiting room for visitors. We want two-tier scanning of vehicles entering the building,” said an official from Mantralaya.
“Although we have a CCTV monitoring system at entry levels, the cameras inside the building don’t work. The plan is likely to be executed in the next four months,” said the official.
SK Shrivastava, additional chief secretary (home), confirmed the development and said the security beef-up will be carried out with help from the Mumbai police.