SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY
Press Release No. 201 Dt. 08.01.2019
CLARIFICATION on REPORTS IN MEDIA on SECURITY PLAN IN RAILWAYS AND REPORTING 20 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE OF TRAINS
Indian Railway always accords top priority to safety and security of it’s passengers. After the terrorist attack in Mumbai on 26.11.2008, it was decided to provide Integrated Security System (ISS) on 202 Railway Stations of Indian Railways. Under this system, gadgets like Luggage Scanners, Door Frame Metal Detector (DFMD), Hand Held Metal Detectors (HHMD), Under Vehicle Scanner (UVSS) along with IP enabled Security Surveillance system employing Closed Circuit (CC) cameras monitored from a server etc. were provided at these Stations. Induction of technology will help in strengthening Security, with limited man power available. In SWR, 3 stations- KSR Bengaluru, Yesvantpur and Mysuru are covered under Integrated Security System. For making this system more effective at the said stations over Indian Railways, detailed Station Specific Security Plans taking into consideration various entry and exit points are under preparation. It is proposed to implement access control on to Railway platforms. Main entry and exit points are proposed to be manned through security equipment as well as RPF personnel. Those entry points which cause trespassing are proposed to be sealed through boundary walls and other entry points will be managed through collapsible barriers, Sealed gates etc. In addition, Indian Railways is on job to deploy CCTV Cameras in a big way, at more than 6000 railway stations.
Due to large footfall at major railway stations, it may not be possible to search baggage of all passengers. It is proposed to do random checking.
As such No fixed reporting time (with respect to departure of train) has been proposed for implementation at any of the stations in Indian Railways.
Implementation of ‘Access control’ at Hubballi Railway station
In Railway stations, security system is quite different and complex from that of air ports, both in terms of volume and kind of passenger traffic dealt.
In SWR, a pilot project, which is first of it’s kind, of allowing persons with valid authority only to enter inside the railway station, is introduced in Hubballi railway station.
In this pilot project, at all the entry and exit points of Hubballi railway station Railway Protection Force (RPF) staff round the clock are deployed to check the valid authority of persons coming into the station / platforms. Apart from this, two staff are deployed at Platform end to prevent entry of persons from yard. Boards displaying “ENTER STATION WITH VALID AUTHORITY” are displayed for the information of benefit of passengers and employees. Passengers can show their travel authority and enter the platforms and staff their IDs. As the authorities can be shown while walking in to the station, there is very minimal time of 10-15s only is needed for this process. Concerned RPF Staff are briefed about their role and importance of sensitizing public on the purpose of this access control. Except main entrance, another entry points are closed during night hours .To ensure effective implementation of this scheme , surprise check by officers and monitoring of recording through CCTVs is being carried out.
Similar initiative of closing the entry and exit points during night time is carried out at Bengaluru, Yesvantpur and Mysuru railway stations in SWR.
Also to streamline movement of passengers, separate entry and exit are provided at the main entrance.
Above access control system has resulted in avoiding cross movement of passengers at entry and exit points; preventing entry of unauthorised persons and anti -social elements into the station. This system is being implemented without causing inconvenience to the bona-fide passengers, on duty railway employees and others who working in the railway station As a result, confidence and security perception in passengers especially in women and senior citizens has substantially improved .This also led to increase in ticket sales. Under this system, passengers with proper authority will be benefited by regulated entry in to the station which serves to control crowd on platforms .Passengers are appreciating and cooperating well with this new system.
Chief Public Relations Officer