Metal detectors and X-ray scanners planned
Police plan security audit of premises
Ex-servicemen’s services to be requisitioned
KOCHI: A meeting chaired by District Collector M. Beena to discuss a security scheme for the collectorate has decided to allow entry to the premises only through two entrances.
The decision comes in the wake of the blast on the fifth floor of the collectorate last Friday. Visitors will be permitted in only through one of the two entrances. An enquiry counter will be set up at this entrance. Besides strengthening the compound walls of the collectorate, all the other entrances will be closed.
The Collector will shortly convene a meeting of department heads to arrive at a decision regarding the visiting time for the public. The police department will soon conduct a security audit to decide on the security apparatus for the complex. The audit will be carried out jointly by the local police and the Intelligence wing. Ex-servicemen would be roped in to implement the new security measures.
The meeting decided to seek the permission of the State government to install closed circuit television, metal detectors, and X-ray scanners as part of enhancing the security.
The stairs on the western side of the collectorate building will be converted into an emergency fire exit. Open verandahs on all floors will be enclosed using iron grills.
The police, public works, and motor vehicle departments have been entrusted with discussing the details regarding the entry of vehicles into the premises and their parking. Additional District Magistrate K.N. Raje; Thrikkakkara Assistant Police Commissioner P.M. Varghese; Joint RTO N.K. Raveendranath; and PWD executive engineer Yakoob Memon, attended the meeting.