Chennai Metro|New security chief inspects stations and control centre

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Chennai: Senior IPS officer K Bhavaneeshwari who took charge as chief security officer of Chennai metro rail on Monday inspected the stations and control centre and said a detailed plan would be chalked out to provide security cover. She took over after the government decided security of metro rail stations would be entrusted to the state police.

Police protection are deemed necessary for metro rail stations because such mass rapid systems are vulnerable to terror attacks. A force trained in detection of explosives and crime without affecting commuters and operations could be deployed at the stations.

“A detailed plan will be prepared in a couple of days. We will use existing personnel of private agencies. Police personnel will be posted in key areas as soon we get a dedicated team,” she told mediapersons.

CMRL officials took the officer around the Operation Control Centre and briefed her on handling trains. They pointed out the locations and points requiring special focus in terms of security.

PIS Security Agency and SIS Security Agency are currently in charge of security of metro rail stations with Peter, a retired armed reserve deputy commissioner of police, in overall charge.

“If possible, I will also visit metro rail networks in other cities to study safety aspects followed,” she added. The detailed security draft will include plans and proposals for acquiring gadgets to be installed on the periphery of metro rail stations. “As only a small stretch of 10 km is operational, it will be easy to study and fix issues immediately. Once the other lines are opened, we can implement the same security measures in all these metro railway stations,” she said.

In view of the heightened security threat, Delhi metro rail hired ther Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) to guard its stations. Kolkata metro stations are guarded by Railway Protection Force, while Mumbai metro stations are provided security cover by the Maharastra state special police force.

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