Forty minutes from their Manesar headquarters to the Delhi airport, three hours in an IL-76 plane to Mumbai and another 40 odd minutes to get to the terror-hit spots. That time lag of Nov 26, 2008 when the National Security Guards (NSG) took about five hours to take up position to combat India's worst terror attack will never be repeated, promises chief of the elite commando force N.P.S. Aulakh.
'We lost time during the Mumbai serial attacks. But things have changed and now we can take up any challenge within just 30 minutes of notice and that too anywhere,' NSG Director General N.P.S. Aulakh told IANS in an exhaustive interview.
One year since terrorists sneaked into Mumbai and laid a three-day siege, killing 170 people, valuable lessons have been learnt.
In Image: An Indian commando feeds pigeons after a military operation at The Taj Hotel in Mumbai on November 29, 2008.