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PAN­VEL: City petrol pumps which wit­ness heavy rush will now get CCTVs and guards for more se­cu­rity. The Navi Mum­bai po­lice have taken th­ese mea­sures to se­cure the crowded petrol pumps and pre­vent crimes.

The petrol pump own­ers have also been is­sued in­struc­tions to take ad­e­quate se­cu­rity mea­sures in the com­ing days.

Pan­vel, lo­cated be­tween Mum­bai and Pune is a junc­tion for sev­eral high­ways in­clud­ing Mumba-Pune, Mum­bai-Goa, Pan­vel-Sion, NH4B and the Ex­press­way.

The Jawa­har­lal Nehru Port Trust is also lo­cated close by, as are Oil and Nat­u­ral Gas Cor­po­ra­tion, iron and steel mar­kets and colonies of Ma­ha­rash­tra In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion. With the pro­posed in­ter­na­tional air­port in the re­gion, the area has gained strate­gic im­por­tance.

The petrol pumps in the re­gion have a reg­u­lar flow of ve­hi­cles and there is lit­tle in­for­ma­tion on where the ve­hi­cles come from, what they carry and who the driv­ers are.

Deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice zone II Vish­was Pand­hare and as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice Sheshrao Surya­van­shi had held a meet­ing re­cently with the petrol pump own­ers.

“Since the petrol pumps do trans­ac­tions worth lakhs of ru­pees ev­ery day, the se­cu­rity con­cerns are on the rise,” said Pand­hare.

“We have asked petrol pump own­ers to in­stall high megapixel CCTVs at en­try and exit points, cash counter and near petrol and diesel tanks,” said Pand­hare.

“We have also asked them to de­ploy armed guards at their premises. They should ver­ify the an­tecedents of their employees and have a proper record of the bio-data of the employees,” said Pand­hare.

Petrol pump own­ers have to main­tain a reg­is­ter where the po­lice will mark their vis­its.

“We have al­ready or­dered the petrol pumps to shut down the punc­ture re­pair shops, tea stalls, ser­vic­ing cen­tres and other stalls in and around their premises for se­cu­rity rea­sons,” said Surya­van­shi.

“We have in­creased pa­trolling in sen­si­tive ar­eas,” said Surya­van­shi.

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