10 police stations to have coastal security units
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.