CISF to enhance security at airports, Delhi Metro

The Central Industrial Security Force, which guards vital public transit systems like airports and Delhi Metro, is planning to upgrade the protection systems at these facilities by deploying modern gadgets and better trained personnel.

PTI| Last Updated: May 15, 2014, 20:06 PM IST

New Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Force, which guards vital public transit systems like airports and Delhi Metro, is planning to upgrade the protection systems at these facilities by deploying modern gadgets and better trained personnel.
The force wants to do this to make passengers feel "positive" when they travel by Metro or want to take a flight to any domestic or international destination.

The CISF, which guards 59 civil airports and 134 Metro stations (apart from the airport express line) in the national capital region, has decided to procure some very sophisticated gadgets and scanners for deployment at these places and bring at par the security systems of both these networks to international standards.

"We want to make the passengers` experience as pleasant as possible at both the Delhi Metro and the airports. We want to reduce the inconvenience and want the passengers to feel comfortable and not harassed by security mechanisms at these networks," CISF chief Arvind Ranjan said here today.

The Director General (DG) said the force has recently begun a passenger profiling system in the Delhi Metro, on lines of a similar exercise done by his personnel at airports, to detect suspicious and trouble making travellers.

The force along with the Metro operator, the DG said, is in plans to procure new baggage scanning systems and other gadgets so that it takes less time in frisking and clearing a passenger for travel in the rapid transport network which is sensitive from the security point of view.

Close to 25 lakh people use Delhi Metro daily.

Ranjan said the paramilitary has embarked on `man and machine integration` drive where all the security gadgets like scanners, CCTVs, detectors, bomb defusers and others are brought on the same platform thereby "standardising" their usage across the country by the security personnel.

"We are trying to improve the quality of security at both the airports and the Delhi Metro network. In the future, we will have more stations of the Delhi Metro and hence we will deploy more personnel in a proportionate manner," the DG said.

For the airports, the DG said, CISF troops are undertaking a number of precision mock drills with NSG commandos so that in case of an emergency, all stakeholders "know what is their task".

We are training our men very diligently so that once they are on task, people feel confident about their capabilities, he said.

The IPS officer, who took over the reins of the force about five months back, said CISF has also asked the government to sanction them more manpower to render the increasing number of tasks in the VIP security domain.

"A Group of Ministers (GoM) has recognised the CISF as the force that should be handling VIP security. We are prepared for it and already doing our duty in this domain. We are now enhancing the training regime and protocols of our personnel deployed in this unit," he said.

Talking about other sectors like space, atomic energy, ports and currency mints, Ranjan said the force has decided to deploy those personnel who have worked in the field of "disaster management" so that these sensitive units have a good component of those men and women who could initiate mitigation exercises in the immediate aftermath of a man-made or natural tragedy.

"We are working with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in this regard," he said.

The DG, who heads the 1.47-lakh personnel strong force, said it was reviewing the equipment being used for security purposes and a committee of senior officers have been constituted who can take up the matter of requirement of gadgets and infrastructure wherever the force is deployed to guard a particular installation, whether in the public or private domain.