Big dams have always been vital installations that require security cover and more so for Pune,which has 18 of them. All the dams,which come under Grade B of vital installations,fall under the Pune rural police limits and 13 of them have no security cover.
Despite the rural police repeatedly asking the irrigation department to give security cover and set up a surveillance system,no action has been taken. The rural police had made the move based on inputs from intelligence agencies. The remaining five dams have a scant security cover thanks to the police,which acted on its own.
Vital installations are classified into three and the Grade A installations are to be guarded by the armed forces or the paramilitary forces.
Grade B installations are to be protected by security agency employed by the installation authorities. Rules say that continuous surveillance is a must for installations that fall under Grade C.
The Pune rural police have four Grade A and 28 Grade B installations,including the 18 dams,power grids,government institutions,temples and manufacturing units. State government norms stipulate that the police must carry out security audits of all these installations.
The irrigation department has been repeatedly told about installing CCTV cameras,deploying security guards along with door frame metal detectors,hand-held metal detectors and security cabins. Some of these dams dont have even have gates and fencing. The state of 11 other small dams are the same. Of the 18 big ones,we have provided security for five major ones. We know it is not enough, said an officer of the Pune rural police.
Manojkumar Lohiya,SP,Pune rural police,confirmed that 13 dams have no security and surveillance equipments despite several communications. But he refused to give details saying it is a security issue and is being dealt with through proper channels.
Another senior officer with Pune rural police said in the wake of terror-related inputs from intelligence agencies and arrests of suspected Naxal operatives from the Pirangut area,the Pune rural police have started treating the installations a grade above for security audits.
Many other installations like power grids,industrial units have installed basic surveillance systems and have made changes as per our suggestions, the official said.
Avinash Surve,chief engineer,Maharahshtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation,said,We have made plans to install CCTV cameras. The procedure will soon begin. We have taken up this matter based on communication from the police.