Nagpur’s stint with development continues to be on roll.
In the latest, city’s railway station is all set to beef up the security system just like that of airports. The new security system will require passengers to make it to the station 20 minutes prior to the train schedule timing for mandatory security check-ups. Along with Nagpur, 202 railway station including those at Gondia, Badnera, and Murtizapur will also get a similar security set up.
The decision has been taken by the Railway Board after considering the recommendations made by the committee set up 26/11 terror attacks. The committee suggested of having tight security system at the station amongst many other recommendations.
A senior railway official revealed that 16 stations of the Central Railway in the state of Maharashtra and three across South East Central Railway viz. Raipur, Gondia and Bilaspur have been listed for the new security system.
“The decision will not be implemented in near future as we will have to close all the breaches at Itarsi, Howrah and Wardha end. Work on constructing boundary walls on these sides will start by month end and Rs 3.5 crores have already been earmarked for it,” he said.
“Though we have 240 cameras monitoring the station through CCTVs and baggage scanners, not all passengers pass through these checks. Modalities on how to go about are being worked out and we will have to now mark proper entry and exit,” the senior official said.
Presently, the entry is free-for-all from the Santra Market end, Motibagh end and the west side of the station. The Central Railway hospital side of the station is being used by the railway staff, unauthorized vendors and anti-social elements for entry by simply climbing the wall.
The official said, “In case of senior citizens and ailing passengers boarding the trains, some norms will have to be worked out. We are in the process of doing that. Till a foolproof system is in place, we will create awareness among the passengers on the issue.”
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