Amidst growing concerns about the security of monumental buildings like the Taj hotel and the Gateway of India, the State Government proposes to relocate the jetty along the Gateway at Apollo Bunder to a nearby spot. Home Minister R R Patil formed a committee to be headed by Additional Chief Secretary Chandra Iyenger, to identify probable spots where a new jetty can be located. One of places identified by the government so far is a spot closer to Radio Club, sources said. The committee will comprise of representatives of the Mumbai police, the Coast Guard, the Mumbai Port Trust and the Maharashtra Maritime Board, who will suggest alternative locations for the jetty. The present jetty is used by 15,000 to 20,000 people every day. There is no set process for maintaining surveillance on the boats or the people they ferry, though. Intelligence agencies have pointed out that Gateway is one of the city’s monuments where terrorists have, in the past, planned strikes. By segregating and keeping people away, the security of the premises can be properly managed, security agencies have told the government.
March 26, 2008
August 20, 2019