Mumbai: Despite two gruesome attacks due to poor coastal security, the Mumbai Police seems to have major loopholes in its security system. Though they have come up with a report stating possible threats, little seems to have been done to make the coasts safer.
Five years after 26/11 attacks, CNN-IBN has accessed a nine-point Mumbai Police report admitting to specific coastal threats. It says:
- Lack of common entry and exit point for yachts at the Gateway of India poses a security threat. There is an urgent need for a common area to moor yachts."
- Encroachment of port areas need to be removed as it prevents police deployment and hampers coastal monitoring.
- There is no common channel for security agencies like Customs, MbPT (full form?), immigration and Police. There is an urgent need to improve communications.
- There is a security threat to oil pipelines of HPCL, BPCL and IOC.
- Identity cards for sailors are being manipulated. They should carry passports.
- and supply of provisions through small boats gives rise to illegal activities.
"There are several small issues which we are looking into. Other than these, there are several bigger issues," said Krishna Prakash, additional commissioner of police, south region.
Of the 27 patrol boats in Mumbai, CNN-IBN has now learnt that only 14 are operational. This is an indicator of how coastal security is not being taken seriously despite past attacks.