Reliance IT Park in Navi Mumbai to get CISF cover

New Delhi: After according full-time security cover of central forces to yoga guru Ramdev’s food park in Haridwar recently, the government will soon deploy CISF commandos to secure Navi Mumbai-based Reliance Corporate IT Park Limited. Reliance Corporate IT Park Limited is a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and located within the Reliance Corporate Park campus in Ghansoli area of Navi Mumbai. It would be the second Reliance unit to get Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) security cover after RIL’s refinery in Jamnagar in Gujarat. Reliance Corporate IT Park Limited deals in businesses related to Information Technology, business processing and some Reliance-backed ‘Start Up’ projects.

It is thronged by lakhs of people that includes staff and visitors. Officials said the Union Home Ministry had sometime back given “in-principle” approval for conducting a survey of the said facility by the government experts after which the CISF will deploy its armed commandos. When contacted by PTI, CISF Director General O P Singh said the “survey is currently on.” They said the survey was ordered after the Ministry took into account reports prepared by central security agencies and local police about possible terror threats faced by the facility and its standing as an economic powerhouse and employment provider.

An assessment of the required CISF manpower to effectively guard the premises is being worked out, they said. The CISF commandos, to be posted at the facility, will be deployed in a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) pattern as part of which they keep vigil from vantage positions using sophisticated weapons and vehicles for swift movement and the regular entry and exit will be manned by private secuirty guards provided by the ‘client’ company that will also pay for the security cover, they added. The CISF was tasked to secure private sector entities after the government brought an amendment to its act post the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, which saw terrorists storming five-star hotels. The force is mandated to secure installations and concerns in the private sector following the attacks, the cover has been very sparingly accorded since then, given the fact that till now only eight such facilities have been sanctioned such a security.

Early this year, the government had ordered deployment of about 35 CISF personnel to guard Ramdev’s ‘Patanjali Food and Herbal Park Private Limited’ in Haridwar. The other seven the private sector units being guarded by the CISF are: Electronics City in Bengaluru and Infosys campuses in Bengaluru, Mysore and Pune, Reliance Refinery and Petrochemicals in Jamnagar, Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd project executed by the Tata group in Mundra and the Tata Steel project based in Odisha’s Kalinganagar.