The Central Industrial Security Agencies (CISF), which is responsible for the security of Delhi Metro, has come out with at least 160 “weak points” that can be used by terrorists to sneak in explosives in the Delhi Metro.
According to CISF Director General (DG) Surender Singh, glass partitions are the weak links. “We are taking it up in writing. We are trying to manage it with queue manager system,” he said.
The CISF chief also said that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has increased the height of the glass partition at 14 places, while it is not more than three and a half feet at other locations. He also asked for more permanent material.
From the security point of view, the force has identified many access points between the unpaid and paid areas of the metro stations that are ‘weak links.’ It said, with limited height of the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates, there are many points where unchecked baggage can be handed over to passengers without these being scanned.
Singh said the force has also taken several other measures to avoid any unprecedented incidents inside the Metro through this structural problem.
Security issues are being addressed with the deployment of an armed security personnel behind a bulletproof structure at each place with the additional queue manager system and CCTV.
Last year, 100 people were caught for passing some materials, bags and laptops to their fellow passengers over the glass partition.