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Basic amenities, security lacking

M.T. Shivakumar
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BMRCL is yet to upgrade security infrastructure at the stations. — FILE PHOTO: K. Murali Kumar
BMRCL is yet to upgrade security infrastructure at the stations. — FILE PHOTO: K. Murali Kumar

Even as thousands enjoy a metro ride every day, the police are finding it tough to work as Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL) is yet to upgrade security infrastructure at the stations.

Police personnel have been denied basic amenities such as drinking water and toilets. So much so, they are forced to relieve themselves at private toilets or at the footpaths in the vicinity of the stations or behind the viaducts. “There are toilets for the BMRCL staff. But we are not allowed to use them,” a woman constable told The Hindu .

Despite two weeks since the opening, the stations lack security gadgets such as baggage scanners and explosive detectors.

The gleaming trains make 182 trips between Mahatma Gandhi Road Station and Byappanahalli Station every day. At least 25,000 commuters travel during weekdays and around 50,000 during weekends.

A senior police officer said, “We are requesting the authorities to install baggage scanners. The city has witnessed three terror attacks since 2005. Baggage scanners and explosive detectors should be installed at all stations.”

“Operating trains without installing essential safety equipment is a grave mistake,” the officer said.

Each station has 32 private security guards working in three shifts.

They physically check the baggage with the help of hand-held metal detectors and door frame metal detectors.

“We have provided 50 police personnel,” N. Narasimhaiah, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Ulsoor Sub-Division and in-charge officer of Namma Metro Police team), said. “Our main objective is to control the crowd,” Mr. Narasimhaiah added.

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