Security at MRTS stations to be outsourced

Southern Railway cites shortage of manpower as reason for move

Published - May 25, 2019 12:51 am IST - CHENNAI

 Regulars say that the stations are isolated during non-peak hours.

Regulars say that the stations are isolated during non-peak hours.

Amid complaints of a lack of safety at MRTS stations, the Southern Railway will soon be outsourcing the security of all stations to private agencies.

Manpower shortage has been cited as one of the reasons for this move. There are 18 MRTS stations in the city and out of these 14 are elevated. The Railway Protection Force, Chennai division, has a strength of 1,300 and out of this, 100 are allocated for MRTS security. Besides, the Government Railway Police also deploys one constable per station during peak hours. “The problem is that they are available on the platform and cannot patrol all floors in elevated stations. Sometimes crimes happen on the other floors. Hence, we will be outsourcing security to private companies that have ex-service men on their rolls. We will not be roping in old and frail people”, a senior RPF officer said.

A meeting would be held with the senior officials of the Southern Railway, RPF and GRP, following which tenders would be called for.

CCTVs coming soon

“We are short on staff, hence the private security agencies will be of great help. Besides RailTel is working on installing CCTV cameras that will serve as an deterrence,” added the officer.

S. Amudha, a regular commuter at the Chepauk MRTS station, said that security throughout the day will be a great relief. “People get drunk and sleep on the first floor of the stations. They don’t go to the stations. There are also lot of unused rooms in the stations that are misused by loiterers,” she alleged. Regulars said that stations are very isolated during non-peak hours.

“Most stations lack proper lighting. MRTS is a good mode of transport, but the security has to be improved. Apart from private security, the extra space can rented out,” said M. Muralidharan, another commuter.

(With inputs from V. Harini)

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.