The Public Works Department will secure the perimeter wall of Shakti Mills compound within a month by putting up barb wires and constructing a main gate near the Race-course side, thus completing the second phase of securing the mill compound where last year a photojournalist was gang raped by five accused including a juvenile.
The Bombay high Court was on Wednesday informed by amicus curie Advocate Naushad Engineer, the work would be done within four weeks and will complete the second phase of securing the premises. In the second phase the department had increased the perimeter walls of the mill compound and closed all the arches which were used as entry gates from the railway line.
Engineer also informed the high court as per a report in the third phase, either flood lights or LED lights can be put up inside the compound to avoid any trespassing. He submitted a report that if LED lights are put up then it would cost around 27 lakhs while normal lights would cost Rs 21 lakhs. Engineer though said that the power saving vis-a vis the initial capital cost, Rs 94,000 per year can be saved if LED lights are installed.
Justice N M Jamdar thus directed the official liquidator office of the Bombay High Court which is the caretaker of the mill property to within two weeks finalize the kind of installation and submit a report to the court. Once the report is accepted by the court the third and final phase would get over within two months. The total estimated cost of three phases is approximately around Rs 1.58 crore.