10 po­lice sta­tions to have coastal se­cu­rity units

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

NAVI MUMBAI: Ten po­lice sta­tions in Navi Mumbai lo­cated along the coastline and the creeks to have one costal se­cu­rity unit each soon.

For keep­ing the 104-kilo­me­tre­long coastline un­der sur­veil­lance, the city spe­cial branch has de­cided to open such units at the po­lice sta­tion level. Th­ese units will be formed with of­fi­cials from the re­spec­tive po­lice sta­tions, a se­nior of­fi­cer said.

“The spe­cial branch is re­spon­si­ble for safe­guard­ing up to five nau­ti­cal miles from the seashore. The next 15 miles are looked af­ter by the coast­guard and the rest of the sea falls un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the In­dian Navy,” said a se­nior of­fi­cer from the spe­cial branch.

“Our of­fi­cials are pa­trolling the coastline both on foot and by speed boats. How­ever, it is al­ways ben­e­fi­cial to have one unit at the po­lice sta­tion along the coastline. We have de­cided to form such units at 10 po­lice sta­tions,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to ini­tial plans, the units will be formed with 10 of­fi­cials at the big po­lice sta­tions and with five of­fi­cials at small po­lice sta­tions. They will be guided by the se­nior in­spec­tors of the re­spec­tive po­lice sta­tions and the of­fi­cers of the spe­cial branch.

The Navi Mumbai spe­cial branch has also re­cently been strength­ened with 30 new po­lice of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing one in­spec­tor and 29 as­sis­tant in­spec­tors.

“The posts had been ly­ing va­cant for the past sev­eral months. There­fore, the pa­trolling teams had to be guided by the of­fi­cers from dif­fer­ent po­lice sta­tions. How­ever, we don’t have that is­sue now. Hence­forth, our own of­fi­cers will guid­ing our teams and help them when­ever that is re­quired,” an­other of­fi­cer said.

“Dur­ing mon­soon, our teams can­not go to the mid-sea be­cause of high tides. How­ever, the en­tire coastline is kept un­der vig­i­lance even then. Un­like the pre­vi­ous years, we also don’t have any dearth of tech­ni­cians now,” he fur­ther said.

The po­lice have roped in 550 vil­lagers to mon­i­tor the coastline.

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