The National Security Guard (NSG) has given up its plan to set up a regional centre at Kolkata following the West Bengal governments refusal to provide it adequate land. The existing hub at Kolkata will now be re-inforced to double the number of personnel,from 300 at present.
The NSG had proposed two regional centres,one each in Hyderabad and Kolkata,apart from the four hubs already operational following the 26/11 attack in Mumbai. Work at the Hyderabad regional centre has already started with the NSG acquiring 600 acres of land.
West Bengal is believed to have sanctioned just 35 acres at Rajarhat,the new IT hub of Kolkata,to the NSG.
Apart from West Bengal,the present Kolkata hub caters to the Northeast,Orissa and Bihar. We will augment the existing Kolkata hub and the number of personnel will be doubled, DG,NSG,Rajan K Medhekar told The Indian Express.
The plan was for the two new regional centres to work like mini-Manesar,the NSG headquarters at Gurgaon near Delhi,and provide counter-terrorism training to Indian and foreign agencies.
The NSG had come under severe criticism for the delay in reaching Mumbai at the time of the 26/11 attack,following which the hubs had been set up in Mumbai,Chennai,Hyderabad and Kolkata.