NEW DELHI: The CISF will soon get over 6,600 additional personnel to bolster its strength for its two major tasks of guarding the Delhi Metro and VIPs, officials said on Thursday.
They said an 'in principle' approval has been accorded for the sanction of 5,140 posts to enhance the capacity of the force for guarding the new phase-III expansion of the Delhi Metro, while another 1,540 posts will be in place to bolster the strength of its VIP security wing called the Special Security Group (SSG).
The approval is in the final stages and a total of 6,680 posts will be sanctioned for these two tasks by the Union Home Ministry, they said.
CISF Director General (DG) Rajesh Ranjan confirmed the development and told PTI that ensuring fool-proof security for the Delhi Metro and its passengers is the most important task for the paramilitary.
The DG, who took charge on April 11, had yesterday reviewed the security arrangements at the metro and visited some stations.
The phase-III expansion project of the Delhi Metro is being implemented at a cost of around Rs 40,000 crore and a total of 140 km of network will be added to the current coverage of 213 km.
The latest phase, with some part already operational, will also add 15 interchange stations to the existing nine and will take the count of total stations in the Delhi-NCR to 227.
The fresh manpower of the CISF will be used to guard this network, the officials said.
About 9,000 CISF men and women are currently deployed to secure the existing stations of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).
The force that guards over 70 VIPs like National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Union Finance minister Arun Jaitley will deploy the fresh manpower to fill existing posts and expand the SSG wing, they said.
The SSG, they said, has about 1,200 personnel in position as of now.
The Central Industrial Security Force is the nodal agency to guard the Delhi Metro, but some areas like the entry and exit points and the passage to the stations -- the unpaid areas -- are not under its cover.
These areas are jointly secured by the CISF and the metro unit of the Delhi Police.
DG Ranjan said the force has prepared a plan to "proactively" secure these grey areas by deploying special patrol teams and quick reaction teams.
"My aim is to usher in more and more welfare projects for the force personnel like creating more accommodation facilities for them and initiating measures for financial literacy among the personnel," he said.