Hyderabad: A strong team of 2,078 police personnel, including home guards, private security guards will throw a security blanket for the entire 72-km Hyderabad Metro Rail project in the city.
The Metro Security force will comprise one Deputy Commissioner of Police, one Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, two Assistant Commissioner of Police and four Inspectors at supervisory level.
A main Metro security office will be established at Metro Rail Bhavan, besides two Metro Rail Police stations set up at Ameerpet and Parade Grounds interchange stations.
The Metro security force will be systematically strengthened over the next one year as a comprehensive and well organised unit, which includes armed components as Quick Response Team (QRT), Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), Dog Squad, etc.
Chief Secretary S.P.Singh had conducted two meetings on security related issues for Hyderabad Metro Rail project during the last few days with Director General of Police (DGP) M Mahender Reddy and senior police authorities.
After detailed discussions, the roles and responsibilities of the Government and the Concessionaire were identified. The Chief Secretary had advised the DGP, HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy and DGP (Road Safety) T. Krishna to arrive at the required police strength to be deployed by government.
Singh stressed that security arrangements at Metro stations should be of very high standard, with more reliance on technology and gadgets.
Accordingly, the authorities after a series of meetings decided that 2,078 police personnel including the police officials, Home guards/SPOs/private security guards have to be deployed.
It was decided that while government police along with security personnel hired by HMRL will take care of all the offences, the law and order police stations of the three Commissionerates in coordination with the concerned Traffic PS and Crime/CCS Teams, Task Force/SOT, Security Personnel/QRTs/CSGs and SHE Teams will provide overall security to all HMR stations falling in their limits temporarily.
On the security for inaugural 30 km stretch and 24 Metro Rail stations that fall on the stretch, HMRL has been directed to appoint 546 private security personnel through private security service agencies. HMRL has already issued tenders for the same and it is likely to be finalised in a couple of days.
These security personnel and the L&TMRHL security personnel at the Metro Rail stations will be working under one ASI/Head Constable and two Constables per station in each shift.
L&TMRHL – the Concessionaire for HMR has already installed advanced surveillance cameras at all Metro stations and in trains, baggage scanners, door frame metal detectors, hand held metal detectors etc.
The Concessionaire will take care of surveillance cameras monitoring, queuing and maintaining orderly conduct of passengers, Metro station assets and depot security, signal tower security, preventing intrusion on to the rail track, etc.