The upcoming Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut Rapid Metro Corridor is set to leverage cutting-edge technology to bolster its security measures. The corridor will feature a network of CCTV cameras equipped with advanced facial recognition capabilities. These cameras, strategically deployed by prominent security agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB), will be stationed within the Rapid Metro stations and aboard the trains.
In a pioneering move, these state-of-the-art cameras will instantly trigger alerts to security personnel when individuals flagged as suspected criminals by the aforementioned agencies enter the premises of a Rapid Metro station or board a train. The cameras will employ facial recognition technology to identify and highlight suspects within the footage, encircling them in a distinct red outline. This actionable information will be relayed to the control room, complete with the suspect’s photograph.
This innovative security framework not only reinforces passenger safety during their journeys but also serves as a valuable tool for law enforcement agencies to swiftly apprehend potential offenders.
Punit Vats, Chief Public Relations Officer of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC), revealed that each coach of the Rapid Metro trains, in addition to all stations, is outfitted with a complement of four CCTV cameras for vigilant monitoring. An intricate security system fortified by artificial intelligence has been meticulously developed, enhancing the barriers against breach attempts.
The security system implemented across the Rapid Metro Corridor encompasses the collation of data pertaining to criminals and individuals of interest, as identified by significant security bodies such as the CBI and Intelligence Bureau. This data, along with their respective photographs, will be integrated into the system. In the event that any of these flagged individuals embark on a journey within the Rapid Metro trains or arrive at a station, the security system will promptly dispatch an alert to the control room. This rapid communication will include the precise location and photograph of the individual, enabling security personnel to effectively track and detain them.
As the calendar advances to September, the prospect of inaugurating the Rapid Metro Corridor draws closer. The initial 17-kilometer segment, spanning from Sahibabad to Duhai Depot Station, has been meticulously prepared within the broader 82-kilometer Delhi-Meerut corridor. The readiness of all five stations within this stretch signals the imminent commencement of train operations catering to passengers. The unveiling of the corridor’s full potential is poised to receive a significant boost as the Prime Minister may inaugurate this route with a symbolic green flag.
The path to operational excellence includes specialized training for security personnel. The Uttar Pradesh government has entrusted the safeguarding of all stations in Ghaziabad and Meerut to the Uttar Pradesh Special Security Force (UPSSF). Deployed at each of the five stations, these security personnel undergo comprehensive training, facilitated by experts, in the use of diverse security tools and techniques. The training curriculum encompasses rapid response teams, bomb detection and disposal squads, and canine units, thereby strengthening the preparedness of the security personnel in handling various emergency scenarios.