Post-26/11, Farah Khan and the Save Versova Beach Association are putting together a security model for two streets in Versova comprising 22 societies. Says Farah, "I know everyone's upset about the attacks but we are all running around like headless chickens. Even I have attended many meetings. The intentions are good but I wanted to do something constructive to channelise my anger into something constructive instead of just raving and ranting about it.
We should ask ourselves what we are doing for ourselves. If each one of us takes the initiative to just look after your own building, neighbour and street first then the whole city can become secure in itself." According to Farah, she doesn't know her local police station and fire department's numbers. She adds, "I don't even know how to administer basic first aid if someone is bleeding, burnt or hurt.
So now Dr Ramesh Agarwal, one of the most popular doctors in the city, will organise a first-aid camp for us. I should start learning first before criticising others."That's not all. Farah says, "Save Versova Beach Association and 22 societies in the two streets adjoining Nana-Nani Park in Versova is getting together to provide security by privatising it. Security agency owner and actor Ronit Roy came yesterday to give us a plan of how he can protect our streets from attacks.
Some features of the plan could include CCTV cameras, patrolling jeeps with guards at night and personalised fire-fighting units which ensure we don't have to depend only on the fire engine at Irla which could be busy somewhere else." Won't the plan be expensive? Will all the societies pay up? Says Farah, "Ronit is giving us the entire package in a few days after surveying the entire area.
People are willing to provide for their security. Also if 22 societies divide the entire package, it won't be that much. We're ensuring the security of our families' lives. We are also giving out copies of the addresses and numbers of hospitals of blood banks and local police stations to each society to post them in their building.
One of the members in our building, who was in the navy, is giving us fire drills."The Om Shanti Om director says it's not just about the 26/11 terrorist attacks. "These are all baby steps to ensure security. It's long-term planning for safeguarding against crime in our area. I've spoken to Kunal Kapoor and Zayed Khan for their locality in Juhu to implement the plan. They appeared very interested in taking it forward."