If you are a daily Metro commuter, get ready for thorough frisking every time before boarding a train.
Keeping in view the sudden increase in Metro ridership, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has intensified frisking of passengers at all stations to ensure their safety. The security agency has felt that random frisking will be too less to ensure security of commuters, volume of which is increasing at a fast pace.
“Our aim is to provide security to Metro commuters at par with security arrangements at the Indira Gandhi International airport,” said a senior officer of CISF.
In July last year, all agencies concerned, including the ministry of home affairs, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and CISF, had put a stop to the process of frisking commuters, as the process led to long queues at the entry points to the Metro stations.
However, the security agency now feels that they cannot ensure security of more than 17 lakh commuters if they do away with the exercise.
“Intensified frisking might cause some inconvenience to the commuters, but commuters have to bear this pain for their own safety,” said Rohit Katyar, spokesperson of CISF. The CISF has also increased strength of guards in some high footfall Metro stations, including Chandni Chowk, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi and Central Secretariat Metro stations, so that they could frisk every commuter without causing much inconvenience to them. “We also have plans to replace the existing gadgets like scanners, metal detectors and X-ray machines with upgraded ones. This might take some time though,” said Udyan Banerjee, DIG Delhi Metro.
The CISF has recently introduced “bunch domination groups” to profile commuters and conduct anti-sabotage checks inside Metros during morning and evening peak hours. It has also started the process of identifying the dark spots in the system. “CCTV surveillance should be increased at some of the Metro stations. We are in touch with DMRC to install them on priority,” a senior CISF officer said.