Po­lice rope in vil­lagers to safe­guard coast­line

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai po­lice have roped in over 300 new peo­ple from the coastal vil­lages to keep the city coast­line un­der sur­veil­lance in the past few months.

Ear­lier, the po­lice had only 230 vol­un­teers to as­sist them in safe­guard­ing coast­line. Now with these new peo­ple they the num­ber of such vol­un­teers has been in­creased up to around 550.

“We have around 35 vil­lages along coast­line. We took peo­ple from each of these vil­lages who showed in­ter­est to work with us. We have formed sev­eral teams of po­lice mi­tras and sa­gar rak­shak dals with these peo­ple and they have con­stantly been in our touch,” a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said.

“These vol­un­teers are now shar­ing in­for­ma­tion on our What­sapp groups. They have also been asked to call the se­nior of­fi­cers if they no­tice some­thing un­usual along the coast­line. We will con­duct reg­u­lar meet­ings for train­ing them and shar­ing tips,” he said.

“Even as we have lim­ited re­sources we are not hav­ing any prob­lem in safe­guard­ing the coast­line. Apart from the vol­un­teers we are also in touch with mem­bers of gram pan­chay­ats. We have also alerted all the res­i­dents to con­tact us on coastal helpline 1093 if they find any­thing un­usual along the coast­line,” the of­fi­cer fur­ther said.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice sources, the city po­lice are also work­ing shoul­der to shoul­der with coast guards and In­dian Navy to en­sure that no one get any chance to smug­gle things and to plan un­to­ward in­ci­dents in the city.

“A few weeks ago, we con­ducted one drive to make sure that there is no prob­lem in com­mu­ni­ca­tion among the In­dian Navy, coast guard and the city po­lice. We checked if we all can com­mu­ni­cate in the same fre­quency in case of emer­gency and we were suc­cess­ful in do­ing so. Prob­a­bly it was done for the first time in Navi Mum­bai coast­line,” another of­fi­cer said.

Even as we have lim­ited re­sources we are not hav­ing any prob­lem in safe­guard­ing the coast­line. Apart from the vol­un­teers, we are also in touch with mem­bers of gram pan­chay­ats.

SE­NIOR PO­LICE OF­FI­CER

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