A security audit conducted by the Mumbai police at Gorai’s Essel World and Water Kingdom last week has revealed glaring lapses in their security systems. To upgrade their security, the Mumbai police have asked them not only to improve frisking, introduce baggage checks and install more CCTV cameras, but also to build a wall on their sea-facing side to prevent a terror attack from the sea.
According to police officials who conducted the audit, neither amusement park frisks entrants or even checks their luggage. “We have also asked them to increase the number of CCTV cameras as the current number is insufficient. Also, it has been found that the CCTV cameras cannot record footage. There is no back up system which we can use to examine footage in case of any eventuality,” said an official, who did not wish to be named.
Other recommendations include frisking visitors as well as using metal detectors and scanners on priority to check people’s baggage. “Measures for having a system of carrying out identification of visitors in the premises should also be placed,” said a police official.
Sunil Paraskar, additional commissioner of police (north region), under whose jurisdiction Essel World falls, said, “We carry out patrols and maintain constant vigil in and out of Essel World as it is both a secluded spot and a major tourist attraction. Its proximity to the sea makes it even more likely to be on a terror hit list.”
Additional Commissioner of Police (Protection and Security) Madhukar Pandey added, “We have given them certain instructions that are necessary for their security up gradation. As it pertains to security issues, I cannot comment further on it.”
SN Shitole, senior manager, Essel World, said, “We have ample security on the premises and there are enough measures taken to ensure no trespassers can enter our premises. Our efforts are always directed towards making Essel World and Water Kingdom safe and secure. The safety of our patrons is of prime importance to us.”