It has taken nearly three-and-a-half years for National Security Guard (NSG) commandos to move into their permanent hub at New Town in Kolkata and this development means a lot for security, not only in Kolkata and Bengal, but also the 10 other states that are provided cover by the elite 29 Special Composite Group (SCG). The hub at New Town was the last to be completed among the four in Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad.
“The 29 SCG was formed in 2009 to tackle any terror strike or hijack in the eight states of northeastern India as well as West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar. The group first set up camp within the Salt Lake Stadium Complex in Kolkata. Later, the Black Cat commandos moved to a temporary hub at Badu in Madhyamgram. Though located close to the airport, it was not an ideal location. The area is congested with narrow roads. Space was also cramped and several operational issues cropped up. A proper firing range and other facilities could not be developed. These problems have been solved, now that the new hub is operational,” a home ministry source said.
The New Town hub, built at a cost of nearly Rs 162 crore, has turned out to be a model for future camps of NSG. The hub has a baffle firing range as well as an indoor one. A baffle range is an enclosed one to prevent accidents due to stray bullets. The new hub also has obstacles, a swimming pool, sports complex and an artificial rock craft wall among other facilities. It has acco-mmodation for 460 personnel and families apart from office complexes with all modern facilities. It also has a proper K9 facility wh-ere dogs can be trained.
“It will help in honing the professional acumen of the commandos and also contribute significantly in capacity-building of the first responders — the police forces of the states. If called in to tackle any situation in Kolkata, the NSG can now move much faster. The commandos can also reach the airport much faster with all equipment, if they have to be deployed elsewhere in West Bengal or any other state. Such drills that aid in quicker deployment of commandos can now be held unhindered,” the source said.
Source: Times of India