Mumbai: Worried about possible terror
attacks on Maharashtra`s water installations, the state
government is going to request the Centre to block information
on dams from search engines such as Google.
"We are going to request the Centre about security of
dams and also to block information regarding them available on
search engines like Google," Home Minister R R Patil told
reporters here today.
The state has already stepped up security at major
dams after maps of a few water reservoirs were found with
Javed Abdul Gafoor Mozawala, a 28-year-old visa agent arrested
here on December 9 on suspicion of spying for Pakistan.
Patil had held a meeting of Home Department officials
yesterday on the issue and reviewed security arrangements at
"The state has decided to hand over security of the
Koyna dam (in western Maharashtra) to Central Industrial
Security Force (CISF)," he said.
The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai has been
told to install CCTVs and increase security at dams providing
water supply to the city, he said.
Meanwhile, the government would soon hire a helicopter
for rescue operations in Naxal-hit districts, Patil said.
"The Centre has agreed to pay the complete rent for
the helicopter which will be deployed in Naxal-affected areas.
It will be useful in rescue operations and also for providing
logistics," Patil said.