The State police has given its approval to boost a devoted battalion of 1,350 personnel of Karnataka State Industrial Safety Drive (KSISF) for offering safety cowl to Namma Metro.
This has been a long-standing demand of the Bangalore Metro Rail Company Ltd (BMRCL). A senior police official clarified that the approval was by no means linked to the current safety scare at metro stations, and that the order got here two weeks earlier than the incident.
A safety audit of Namma Metro stations had put the requirement of safety personnel at over 1,000, which KSISF was not capable of meet on account of employees crunch. Personnel have been being drawn from Metropolis Armed Reserve, District Armed Reserve and Karnataka State Reserve Police forces.
The complete price of the extra battalion can be borne by BMRCL. Led by a commandant, it’s going to have 1,018 constables. Sources within the police division stated work will quickly start to immediately recruit personnel, who can be skilled earlier than being deployed in metro stations. The metro is predicted to have a devoted safety drive by early subsequent yr, sources stated.