New Delhi: The Delhi Metro will deploy a new
squad of sniffer dogs in order to increase vigil and thwart
attempts of explosions on the rail network.
The deployment of additional sniffer canines assumes
significance in the wake of the rail bombings in Moscow
Almost 10 additional sniffers will be procured from the
established vendors by Delhi Metro authorities and provided to
the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) dog handlers, the
force which guards the mass transportation system.
At present, there are about 15 sniffer dogs for Metro
security and the new lot of dogs will be given special
training in detection and reaction at the CISF dog training
academy in Ghaziabad.
"The high breed dogs like Labradors and German Shepherds
procured from the market and trained at the CISF academy will
be deployed soon at the stations," sources said.
The dogs will be imparted a thorough recce of the Metro
stations so that they are fully trained about their job before
the onset of the Commonwealth Games, they said.
The dogs are very vital when it comes to sniffing and
detecting explosives and other chemicals that can harm the
security of a vital place like the Metro, which has underground
stations and tunnels. The dogs, deployed at the Delhi Metro,
are trained to sniff narcotics too, they said.
Suspicious persons inside a secure area are also well
identified by these dogs, they added.
A security audit by central agencies of the entire Metro
network also underlined the necessity of deploying more
sniffer dogs keeping in mind the increasing load of passengers
and growth in the number of stations.
The number of operational stations are expected to
increase to 141 from the present 82 by October when the
Commonwealth Games are scheduled to begin here.
Adding to the list of security features in the Metro,
parking lots next to the stations and elevated platforms will
also be brought under CCTV surveillance besides "hidden and
obscure" areas inside the station premises, sources said.