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Long frisking queues? CISF to the rescue

HT correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 08, 2013
First Published: 23:13 IST(8/3/2013) | Last Updated: 23:15 IST(8/3/2013)

To make life easier for Delhi Metro passengers, the CISF has conducted a survey of several stations where a passenger has to wait for over two minutes for frisking.

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There are 18 Metro stations where people wait for 8-12 minutes to get frisked. The CISF has written to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to improve the infrastructure at these stations to reduce the waiting time.

“We’ll deploy more men and machines at these stations and have asked for more space,” said Rajiv, CISF director general. (He goes by a single name.)

Some of the stations that require more machines and personnel are Jahangirpuri, Chandni Chowk, AIIMS, Hauz Khas, Malviya Nagar and Vaishali. At a few stations such as Rajiv Chowk, Govindpuri, Saket and Karol Bagh, the CISF has already improved the infrastructure, due to which the waiting time has gone down.

The agency has identified certain vulnerable spots at Metro stations to be brought under CCTV surveillance.

On the 44th raising day, the CISF chief said they had decided to observe 2013 as the year for women safety. The agency will take several measures to help women in distress.

The current strength of CISF personnel at 134 Metro stations is 5,000, but they want to increase it to 7,000.

Last year, the CISF had also introduced a separate helpline (011-22185555) . From May to December last year, the helpline received 3,000 calls, most of which were inquiries.

But after the December 16 gang rape, the number went up substantially. In January and February, nearly 1,500 calls were received. “Most calls were related to unattended bags, presence of men in women’s coaches and complaints of long queues in Metro stations,” a senior CISF official said.

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New Delhi: The CISF is likely to be asked to guard 13 new key installations, including airports and power plants across India. The force currently provides security to 307 undertakings. It is also likely to provide security to more VVIPs this year.


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