CHENNAI: IPS officer K Bhavaneeswari has been transferred and posted as Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL).
According to sources close to the IPS officer, she is likely to join CMRL on Monday, provided she is relieved from the present post as Superintendent of Police in Q - Branch.
She is being posted on deputation to CMRL from the State Cadre and will be on the payroll of CMR. The official is expected to set up the entire team, choosing her staff and deciding their roles.
“The CSO will be in charge of providing safety and security to the Access Control and the assets of the Metro Rail, besides carrying out the anti-terror drill and anti-sabotage checks,” said a senior police officer from the State.
Until this posting, speculations were rife that an exclusive force, drawn either from the Central or State Police would be entrusted with the task of policing aspects other than law & order and crime.
The security of Bengaluru Metro Rail external station installation is vested with the Bengaluru City Police. Similarly, the Jaipur Metro Rail security is entrusted with the Rajasthan Police.
Delhi Metro Rail security is guarded by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel whereas Railway Protection Force (RPF) takes guard in Kolkata Metro Rail.
The posting indicates that the strength will be drawn from the State force.