Police rope in villagers to safeguard coastline
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