The Centre is considering the proposal of increasing the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel by over 2,100 in view of increasing load of passengers and and consequently emerging security challenges in the Delhi Metro network which functions across the national capital region. CISF has submitted the proposal to the Home Ministry in the wake of rising number of passengers and to ensure their safety and security. Nearly 26 lakh commuters use Delhi Metro every day.
The official data available with the Press Trust of India (PTI) states that the total number of central paramilitary forces to secure the Delhi Metro network is 4,869. The new proposal will add 2,120 more CISF men and women.
In giving final touch to this proposal, officials consulted and coordinated with different central security agencies.
The officials believe that this strength is the least required to secure the fully operational I and II phases of the metro. It is expected that the home ministry will soon give its final sanction for the new manpower. Last year in October, a man was able to sneak in a pistol and use it to fire upon himself at the busy Rajiv Chowk metro station. Officials said it was major incident that made the entire security establishment to think of having more men on ground. The measure will also help to check the crowd at numerous stations in the network.
After the security breach, the CISF and the Delhi Metro Rail Coporation (DMRC) had become more vigilant and undertaken a major drive to increase the height of side gates. They had also separated unpaid and paid areas of the station so that no passenger can take in any unchecked material or bags from these gates. “The proposal is under active consideration of the Ministry and it should be cleared soon with may be a few changes in the numbers demanded,” a Home Ministry official said.
These extra security personnel will also be used to sanitise areas like parking lots and the main entry and exit points from any possibility of terror attack. They will also help in keeping a bird eye’s view on outer sides of these stations. The Delhi Metro network runs in the national capital region areas of Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Fariabad and Gurgaon with over 150 stations between these locations.