Terror threat: Hi-tech security for Mysore Palace

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{image-mysore palace_15062008.jpg news.oneindia.in}Mysore, Jun 15: A hi-tech security system would be in place at the world famous Mysore Palace in the wake of increased terror threat following bomb blasts in major cities across the country in the last few months.

The Mysore Palace Board has decided to set up a Hi-Tech security system at four gates through which tourists enter the palace. Palace Board sources told UNI here that an underground Three- Dimensional Scanner, X-ray Security screening System and High Resolution Surveillance camaras would be part of the 'foolproof' security system. The palace, which has a caretaker, has called for response from competent agencies to set up the security system. The Board is also seeking suggestions from the police and other agencies, the sources said.

Nearly 25 lakh people vist the palace every year and the world famous 'Dasara' festivities draw a large number of tourists to the palace.

Thus, security has become a key concern in the wake of terror threats.

An X-ray screening system and underground 3-D scanners have been proposed at the gate, opposite the statue circle, the Jayamarthanda gate facing the Doddakere maidan, the Varha gate and Karikalthotti, opposite Mysore city corporation.

The X-ray system would be check belongings like bags of visitors and the underground scanners would be used for checking vehicles.

Although tourist vehicles are not allowed into the palace premises, those with special permission are allowed.

High resolution surveillance camaras would be installed at several places, including the four gates, for 24 hour surveillance of the premises. The Board is planning to waterproof the surveillance camaras, the sources added.

As a first step to beef up the security at the Palace, a doorframe metal detector was installed at the Balarama gate. Later, a metal detector was installed at the Varaha gate through which tourists enter on weekdays. Another doorframe metal detector would be installed at the Jayamarthanda gate through which visitors enter on Sundays when regular illuminations was on for an hour during the nightime.

On the recommendations of the police, the Board has also installed closed circuit television camaras on a temporary basis at seven locations inside the palace during the 'Dasara' festivities last year.

In the meantime, tourists could now walk comfortably in the Palace premises as walkways are being laid with cobblestones. One walkway in the foreground of the Palace has been laid while areas near the Varaha gate, the Balarama gate and the Jayamarthanda gate would also be covered shortly, the sources added.

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