Initiating on levelling up on all platforms, be it safety, cleanliness, availability of trains, the Indian Railways has left no stones unturned. In a similar attempt, taking out a leaf from airport’s book, the Indian Railways is planning to seal stations for security checks. So now, the train passengers would have to arrive 15-20 minutes before the scheduled departure time to complete these security checks before boarding their trains.
This security plan has already been put into action on a pilot basis at Allahabad railway station, which is expected to see huge crowds due to Kumbh Mela this month, as well as at Hoobly railways station in Karnataka. Railway Protection Force Director General Arun Kumar while briefing the media informed that the blueprint for implementing the arrangement at 202 more stations is ready.
At each entry point, there will be random security checks. However, unlike at airports, passengers need not come hours in advance, but for railways it will be just 15-20 minutes ahead of their departure times to ensure that they are not delayed because of the security process. While security will increase, the presence of security personnel will not due to the deployment of high-end technology solutions.
These enhanced security measures steps are part of a plan under the Integrated Security System (ISS) which was approved in 2016 to strengthen surveillance mechanism at 202 railway stations. The ISS will comprise CCTV cameras, access control, personal and baggage screening system and bomb detection and disposal system. It will also include real-time face recognition software which will alert the RPF command centre of any known offenders.
Together these implements will provide multiple points to monitor passengers and baggage from the point of entry in the station premises till boarding the train. Passengers will be checked randomly – every eighth or ninth passenger will undergo the process on his arrival at the station.
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