Govt sanctions 500 CISF men for Tata projects in Odisha, Gujarat

New Delhi: The Centre has sanctioned 500 Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel to guard two multi-crore Tata-executed projects in Odisha and Gujarat.

Official sources said, about 300 CISF commandos will be deployed at the company’s Kalinganagar project in Jajpur district on a 24X7 basis to thwart any sabotage or terror attack like incident. The project is being established in two modules of three million tonnes each in the district and the plant boasts of a blast furnace of 4330 cum capacity to roll out high-end flat products.

Similarly, Tata Power’s Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd in Mundra in Gujarat which is expected to generate 4,000 MW of power will have 200 personnel to take over security tasks.

“The security deployment at this plant in Mundra has just taken over while at the Tata Steel project in Kalinganagar the deployment will take over soon,” CISF Deputy Inspector General (Operations) Atul Katiyar told PTI.

Over 250 commandos have been deployed at vantage positions near this port-side location in Gujarat and they are armed with sophisticated weapons and communication gadgets to ensure a fool-proof security to the vast facility.

The CISF men are mandated to provide “anti-terrorist and anti-sabotage” duties on a quick-reaction basis at the facility and the personnel will not be responsible for “watch and ward” duties which will be provided by security guards employed at the campus by Tata Power.

The Union Home Ministry, sources said, gave its approval to deploy CISF security men for these two large private sector projects almost three years after a similar umbrella was extended to a Infosys campus and the Reliance refinery in Jamnagar in 2011.

They said a survey report was submitted early this year to the Union Home ministry which later gave its approval for deploying close to 500 specially trained commandos for these two projects.

Tata Power and Tata Steel will bear the cost of the deployment of the force and also ensure basic necessities like jawan barracks, vehicles and other daily needs for the commandos.

Deployment of the highly-trained men of CISF at these two facilities assumes significance as the government has been very frugal over the years with agreeing to deploy them in private concerns and that is the reason only five projects in this domain have been accorded such a cover since it began in 2009.

The other private sector projects where CISF is securing the campus are Electronics City Bengaluru, Infosys campuses in Bangalore, Mysore and Pune and Reliance Refinery and Petrochemicals in Jamnagar in Gujarat.