The Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), which will undertake security at 21 metro stations on the 29.7km Noida to Greater Noida metro link, has listed arrangements to be made at the stations.
Senior PAC officers on Monday inspected the stations along with the officials of Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC).
The PAC has recommended the installation of 50 cameras at each station and usage of video analytics software to track activities in these stations. Officials decided on the deployment of two constables and a head constable at each station.
The personnel will be increased further based on the commuter footfall. A senior officer said that the head constable will supervise the security while the constables will man the control room and metro track.
The top brass of PAC also recommended that the security check at the entries be assigned to other forces, but no consensus was reached on the issue. An NMRC source revealed that private security agencies are also being considered.
NMRC executive director, Ghanshyam Singh, said, “The recommendations were made after a team of PAC officers led by the inspector general visited metro stations and held a meeting with us. Also, civil work on the line is almost complete.”
The metro corridor will be under the surveillance of modern CCTV cameras and other hi-tech equipment. On February 20, a meeting over the security arrangements was held, in which Santosh Yadav, the managing director of NMRC, gave a detailed presentation to Debashish Panda, the principal secretary (home) of Uttar Pradesh government.
The budgetary provisions regarding the salaries of security forces will be made by the industrial development department of Uttar Pradesh. However, the basic expenses of security forces will be borne by the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities and the state government in equal proportion. Subsequently, the annual expenditure on security will be paid from the state exchequer.
In the next set of arrangements for the metro project, a security audit will be conducted by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).