Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cops turn Gateway of India into living quarters

Mumbai, November 19, 2009

Mumbai's iconic Gateway of India has been turned into a dormitory for policemen guarding the nearby Taj Mahal Hotel.

Personnel of the State Reserve Police Force have turned the heritage structure into their makeshift home. The policemen have been staying there for the past two months following heightened security in the run up to the first anniversary of the 26/11 attacks.

The policemen were assigned the spot by the police in Colaba, under whose jurisdiction the Taj hotel falls. In the absence of any other shelter provided by the government, they have adapted the monument for use as living quarters.

The arches of the monument have been covered with plastic sheets to keep the rain and sun out. Nails have been driven into the walls to hang clotheslines.

The Gateway of India recently underwent restoration at a cost of Rs 1.9 crore.

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