In a move to make the journey through trains more safe and secure,the Ministry of Railways has chosen four stations in Punjab to install integrated security system (ISS) as a part of multiple screening of passengers.
The Bathinda,Ludhiana,Jalandhar and Amritsar railway stations have been chosen where the ISS,which includes automatic vehicle scanners at entry gates,door frame metal detectors and baggage X-Ray machines,will be installed.
A boundary wall with barbed wire fencing will be erected around the station while dedicated control rooms at will be set up at for round-the-clock monitoring of the premises through CCTV based surveillance system.
As per the sources,the CCTV system will be internet protocol based and have video analytics,which will send signals in case it detects a suspected baggage,excessive crowd or intrusion by unauthorized persons.
The Integrated Security System,comprising of latest machines and software,will supplement the conventional methods of security which are also being strengthened. This will lead to a tremendous improvement in the security scenario at the stations, said an official.
Sources said that last week a meeting was held between the officials of Railway Protection Force (Northern Zone) and Punjab Police where it was told that money has already been sanctioned to install the ISS at these four railway stations.
At present,a couple of CCTV cameras have been installed at these stations,but no effective mechanism is in place to detect possible criminal intent.
Meanwhile,the Additional Director General of Police (Railways),RP Meena,has written to the state police to provide 200 more men to be deployed in the railway police. At present,900 Punjab police police personnel are deployed in the railway police.
The railway police has also decided to crack down on the unauthorized vendors in the trains and railway stations.
Strict vigil is being kept on the pick pockets,drug peddlers,bootleggers and other gangs operating on platforms and in trains, Meena added.