PM Narendra Modi’s desire to have NSG hub in Gujarat remains on paper

New Delhi,Manan Kumar(dna): Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s keen desire to have a National Security Guards (NSG) hub in Gujarat to handle terror exigencies about which he first spoke as chief minister in 2011 still remains on paper because of bureaucratic delay.

Incidentally, the glitch happens to be at the end of BJP ruled Gujarat government which is yet to respond to Home Ministry’s request to confirm transfer of suitable land to the elite commando force.

On the request of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, the then union home minister P Chidambaram had approved a NSG hub for Gujarat March 18, 2011 on condition that the state government would provide land free of cost at the location found suitable by the NSG. But it kept hanging fire because of bureaucratic delays.

Soon after becoming prime minister, Modi gave fresh push to the proposal and the Gujarat government responded by offering land measuring about 41 acre suitable enough for establishing a NSG hub.

Without wasting time, the PMO drafted a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) Note and circulated it for inter-ministerial consultation on December 5, 2014.

On January 6 this year, the union home ministry, the nodal ministry, sent a letter to the Gujarat government requesting it to hand over the identified 41 acre land to NSG.

Keen to give shape to PM’s pet project, a team of senior NSG officials visited Gandhinagar the same month but to their dismay it found out that the land that is being offered measures not 41 but 36 acres.

On May 8, the union home ministry again wrote to the Gujarat government asking it to confirm the status of transfer of the land to NSG free of cost so that requisite approval Centre can be conveyed on the project.

Despite home ministry asserting that finalisation of the CCS note is held up for want of confirmation of handing over suitable land to NSG, the Gujarat government is yet to respond to the Centre.