KERALA

CISF to take charge of security at refinery

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Bharat Petroleum Corporation's Kochi Refinery (BPCL-KR) will come under security cover from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) starting later this month.

The new arrangement is being made keeping in mind the current security environment, sources said here.

BPCL-KRL has had its own security arrangements so far and new security arrangements have been on the cards after the merger of Kochi Refinery with BPCL.

It is learnt that the first batch of about 100 CISF personnel will take over the security of the refinery shortly. Work on permanent barracks, parade grounds, quarters and other facilities are on at Thuruthumala, near Irumpanam.

Police personnel from the Kochi City Armed Reserve Camp are also currently involved in providing security for BPCL-Kochi Refinery.

Besides providing property protection, the CISF will also look after the security of the shore tank farms of BPCL-Kochi Refinery on Puthyvype Island where a single point mooring facility has been established to receive very large crude carriers.

BPCL-KRL authorities are working on redeploying its own security staff, mostly utilising them to look after internal security.

Meanwhile, CISF Raising Day was celebrated on the FACT premises on Wednesday.

Chairman and Managing Director of FACT A. Ashokan was the chief guest at the parade organised at the CISF grounds. CISF Commandant B. Gopal; Deputy Commandant Jayarajan and Assistant Commandant N. K. Sharma were among those who participated, said a press release here.