<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recognising the vulnerability of sensitive installations and establishments that see high footfalls as possible targets, the Mumbai police has decided to conduct coordinated security drills for these locations.The objective is to enable a quicker response through real-time streaming and enhance the level of protection and deterrence for these institutions.”It will help us react during an eventuality. We must be prepared for the worst. The drills will be conducted every three to six months to examine our readiness in terms of technology and its use,” an official in the state Home department, on condition of anonymity, told DNA, adding that these drills would involve relevant state agencies.The exercise will be carried out at 103 high-value targets such as malls, five-star hotels, religious places, hospitals, and the railway network. The community-based policing framework is part of the Rs 949-crore Mumbai CCTV surveillance project that was floated after the 26/11 terror attacks.Under the collaborative surveillance project, these establishments have volunteered to be the site of the drills and will share their feeds with the police. So far, 91 of these places have been commissioned. The feeds will be accessed based on requirements, worst-case scenarios and after consent is secured from each establishment.”The focus should not be to just connect the cameras from these establishments to the system and then forget all about it. The idea is to ensure that they are in a state of alert to respond to emergencies,” the Home department official noted.An official said their focus would be on increasing the reach of the CCTV project by ensuring network connectivity between their system and that of private and public establishments.Pakistan-trained terrorists had attacked the Taj and the Trident hotels and the CST station during the 26/11 terror attacks. Mumbai’s Railway network has been a target of terror attacks in 2003 and 2006.The high-level enquiry committee under former union home secretary Ram Pradhan, which probed the 26/11 attacks, had pointed out that unlike their counterparts in cities like New York, the Mumbai police had no ready access to the CCTV cameras of private sites such as hotels.Though the state government initially planned to establish 6,020 remote-controlled, high-definition cameras in the city, that number was reduced to 4,717 at 1,510 spots due to the decision to increase the number of poles at the sites. So far, around 97 per cent of these cameras are live.TRACKING TERRORThe 26/11 terror attacks exposed the poor state of security at railway stations.Nine years later, railway authorities and security forces are finally upgrading their CCTV systems at stations with Rs 115-crore integrated security system (ISS).The Western Railway will extend the ISS on the suburban network to amplify surveillance at railway stations between Churchgate and Dahanu which need constant monitoring.The CCTVs will cover every corner of the station and their feeds will be integrated with each other for a seamless sequence of events. — Shashank Rao

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Remembering 26/11: High-risk sites step up to conduct mock drills