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Force behind metro security displays prowess

Sowmiya Ashok
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Safety drill:CISF personnel demonstrating upgraded safety measures for Delhi Metro stations on Thursday.Photo: Meeta Ahlawat
Safety drill:CISF personnel demonstrating upgraded safety measures for Delhi Metro stations on Thursday.Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

In security parlance, the metro line stretching between AIIMS and HUDA City Centre is known as the ‘Yahoo’ line and the feed from 200 cameras placed on three different lines can be accessed from one control room in Shastri Park. This and more was revealed on Thursday when the Central Industrial Security Force allowed media persons to catch a glimpse of how it provides security to 134 metro stations, seven depots and 13 receiving sub-stations.

Demonstrations by the CISF ‘Quick Reaction Team’ and the ‘Bomb Detection Squad’ were followed by drills carried out by members of its dog squad trained to detect explosive and other suspicious material. “The dogs are extensively trained along with their trainers. This is done to enhance the capabilities of the dogs and the handling abilities of the trainers. Regular tests conducted for both dogs and trainers ensure there is no room for complacency there,” said CISF Deputy Inspector General (Delhi Metro operations) Udayan Banerjee. Yet, the heat had caught up to some of the dogs in the squad who preferred to lie on their side while their handlers called out to them in vain.

With 2013 declared as the year to ensure women’s safety, the CISF’s dedicated 24X7 helpline number picked up 703 calls so far this month. Of these, 51 have been regarding problems in the women’s coach. 752 men were fined for travelling the coach. “Understanding the need of the hour, the personnel are being trained in gender sensitisation to make them more aware about need for gender equality in the society. Now we also have a nearly 900-strong women contingent. We are sure that such programmes will help not only women passengers but also the women force personnel deployed in Delhi Metro,” said Mr. Banerjee.

Several CISF personnel were also awarded for their exemplary service for recovering cash or valuables, preventing suicide attempts or handling the helpline.

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