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Kolkata Metro Rail introduces integrated security plan

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Kolkata, June 18 (ANI): In a bid to combat terror threats, the Kolkata Metro Railway has introduced the Integrated Security Plan (ISP) to ensure the route's safety and security.ncerned over the threat in the underground sections of the Kolkata metro railway, the security plan is gradually being rolled out.At present, along with the Railway Protection Force (RPF), the state police guard the stations.The metro railway has intensified patrolling on the platforms and RPF have been asked to keep a close tab on people's movements. Security personnel would be alerted if persons loiter on the platform for more than 20 minutes without boarding a train.Help-lines have also been installed at each station, which enables quick response from the police force."Integrated security plan is basically a very advanced security system where we have a CCTV network, which is quite advanced. It includes video analytics, IP-based system, intruder alarm and it has many other features which would go a long way in boosting the passenger security," said Alok Bohra, Senior Commandant, Railway Protection Force."Then we have scanning system that includes advanced luggage scanners, HHMDs (Hand-Held Metal Detectors), DFMDs (Door Frame Metal Detectors) and bomb detection and disposal squads," Bohra added.Bohra said a dog squad would also be set up this month, the strength of which would be increased by next year.Beginning with five stations that stretched over an area of 3.4 square kilometers, the Kolkata metro which started operations in 2004, now connects 21 stations, traverses over 22.28 kilometers and carries about 700,000 commuters every day. (ANI)

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