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Electric fencing for Parliament's perimeter wall

Tara Shankar Sahay in New Delhi | October 27, 2003 15:53 IST

This winter session, Parliament will see upgraded security complete with electric fencing and closed-circuit cameras for day-night vigil.

The winter session this year is likely to be delayed by a week because of the elections to five state assemblies scheduled to start on December 1.

The new security system is becoming operational two years after a parliamentary committee, set up in the wake of the December 13, 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament, recommended the upgradation.

Ibex Gallagher, a New Zealand-based company, is providing the perimeter wall protection to Parliament and the adjacent annex.

"Yes, our technology is providing the security system to Indian Parliament. It will be operational in December," New Zealand Trade Commissioner Peter Hobbs told rediff.com.

Earlier, a top official of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs had told rediff.com that state-of-the-art technology had been procured to repel undesirables from entering Parliament premises.

He indicated that the electric fence around Parliament and the day-night vigil equipment is the 'best in the world.'

Anybody coming in contact with the fence would risk receiving a nasty shock and any tampering with the fence would set off an alarm and the tampered area will immediately become visible on a computer console monitored by Parliament's security personnel around the clock.

The fencing work is currently underway, but gun-toting policemen discourage hangers-on.

The home ministry official said the parliamentary committee on security visited several countries and scrutinised various technologies before selecting the New Zealand company.

Twelve people, including six policemen, had died in the terrorist attack on Parliament.

 


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