Thursday, 25 March 2010

CBRN detection gadgets at Delhi Metro stations

Special radiation detection gadgets and trained personnel will be deployed at the Delhi Metro stations to combat chemical, biological and nuclear attacks on the mass transport system in view of the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

While plans have been drawn to "avoid and contain" Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) radiations at the station complexes, a rescue and relief procedure will also be put in place.

Under the plan, chalked out after a security audit by central security agencies, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel will be spread at various underground Metro stations.

According to sources, the NDRF team to be pressed during the mega games at the stations will be drawn from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) counter-disaster unit stationed at Greater Noida.

The personnel will undertake detection, evacuation, de-contamination, medical aid and relief work once any harmful radiation erupts at the stations.

"A good number of underground stations will be operational during Commonwealth Games. Keeping in mind possible CBRN attacks, different units of the NDRF will be deployed and gadgets to absorb harmful gases and poisonous viruses would be installed at the stations," sources said.

The operational Metro stations during the mega games will go up to 141 from the present 82.

Keeping in view the expansion of Metro operations to states like Uttar Pradesh (Noida), Haryana (Gurgaon) and the huge passenger rush during the games, the CISF (which guards the Delhi Metro) will also induct almost 16,000 security personnel.

The NDRF personnel will also impart training to the Metro staff in combating a CBRN attack, manmade and natural disasters, sources said.

New suits necessary to be worn by a anti-radiation combatant are also being procured, they said.

The Rs 330 crore fund alloted to the Home Ministry will be utilised to procure close circuit television cameras, different types of metal detectors, equipment for bomb disposal squads, devices to deal with chemical and biological attacks, armoured vehicles and various types of weapons.


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