MMRDA to opt MSSC Security for Metro and Monorail Systems in Mumbai

Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has almost finalised an agency to guard metro and monorail, which are yet to be inaugurated.

The two new modes of transport in Mumbai will start in the next few months. Initially, the first phase of monorail between Wadala and Chembur will be opened for the public.

The first phase of Versova-Andheri-Ghatopar metro rail will be inaugurated sometime in 2014.

The development authority is of the opinion that Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will not be needed to man the latest transport stations.

“The Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC) will provide manpower for the first corridors of metro and monorail,” said an MMRDA official on condition of anonymity.
DE29_CITY_PG3_3COL_1159442fEarlier, the MMRDA had plans to post Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel to ensure strict security and vigil at the metro and monorail installations.

“The state government has finalised to post MSSC guards instead of CISF,” said PRK Murthy, Chief of Transport and Communication, MMRDA.

Earlier this year, the central urban development department wanted the metro operators under Public-Private Partnership to pay the cost of security personnel. However, it was also believed that it will directly result in increase in passenger fares.

In August, the state government had held a meeting to discuss deploying central security agencies for the job.

Besides the government security personnel, there will be private security guards posted at the metro stations to frisk and scan commuters with the help of metal detectors.