Following concerns over threat to sensitive establishments along the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL),Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will have a meeting with the home department and the chief secretary to see how security measures on the showpiece project can be augmented.
Recently,the union Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to the Maharashtra chief secretary pointing out threat that the project could pose to establishments such as Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC),Mumbai Port Trust and the Mazgaon Docks. The letter had also raised concerns that sensitive shipments could be easy targets from the Rs 9,630-crore Sewri-Nhava link. The ministry also made a set of recommendations to address these threats.
We have referred the letter to the state home department. A meeting called by the chief secretary to address the security concerns will be held soon. One of the recommendations talks about a separate team of security personnel on MTHL,but that is something that we cannot decide. The home department will take a call on that, said Ashwini Bhide,additional metropolitan commissioner at MMRDA.
We,as an implementing agency,have taken several measures to boost the security on MTHL,while the larger security issues come under the states purview, Bhide added.
For the citys prime transport infrastructure projects,security remains an important issue to be addressed. The authorities have drawn flak over alleged lack of security measures at the Bandra-Worli sea link. The 4.7-km stretch has also become a suicide destination with at least five people trying to jump off the structure so far.
For the 22-km MTHL,a technical advisory committee was set up in the planning stage of the project under N V Mirani to advise MMRDA on security measures.
Taking a cue from the committees recommendations,MMRDA has adopted design specifications and explosive-resistant material for the harbour bridge,a senior official said. Likewise,there are likely to be entry barriers at all access points of MTHL.
MMRDA will also put up vision barriers on a 4-km stretch of MTHL overlooking BARC.
A preliminary feasibility report on MTHL had identified possible threats to the structure and,among several measures,suggested an intruder detection system across the link that would alert the control room about potential intrusion or suspicious events. Besides,the entire MTHL will be under CCTV surveillance.