Mumbai: The State government is going to spend Rs 3 crore to build a 10 foot-high compound wall around the Mantralaya building to strengthen its security. The work will start from Tuesday.
Mantralaya’s compound wall is 677 metres long. The existing wall is one-and-half feet high with iron grills of 6 ft at the front of the Mantralaya. On the other side there is concrete wall five feet high. The government feels the compound is not safe enough and after considering security assessment by the Home Department, it decided to construct a new, higher wall. The Home Department also recommended several changes in traffic management inside the Mantralaya compound.
The new wall will have two ft high concrete block above which an eight-feet high grill will be constructed. The width of the concrete block will be around two-and-half feet.
As per the new arrangement, while cars will be allowed inside through two gates, only one exit gate, near the Oval ground, will be provided.
“VIP vehicles will be allowed to exit only from the main gate. No cars other than that of ministers will be allowed to park near the entrance of the main building,” said an officer from the Public Works Department (PWD). He added that any vehicle that enters the premises will undergo thorough check at one of those gates and can only exit through the designated gate.
The construction of the compound wall will be uniform across all boundaries of the Mantralaya campus.
Lamp posts will be installed every 20 metres across the length of the wall and CCTV cameras will be installed. Two new police chowkis and three bunkers will be set up for better protection of the building. Work order for the same has been issued to Srinath Engineering at a cost of Rs three crore.