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Updated: December 12, 2012 14:34 IST

Scanner cabins to monitor vehicles at Tiruchi Railway Junction ready

R. Rajaram
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Prefabricated under vehicle scanner cabin at Tiruchi railway junction. Photo: A. Muralitharan
The Hindu Prefabricated under vehicle scanner cabin at Tiruchi railway junction. Photo: A. Muralitharan

Air-conditioned cabins to be erected at Kallukuzhi and main entrance

As part of technology-aided Integrated Security Scheme (ISS) put in place at Tiruchi Railway Junction, a couple of pre-fabricated under vehicle scanner cabins have been readied to monitor the bottom of the vehicles entering the station from the images captured and transmitted by vehicle scanners.

The air-conditioned cabins would be erected at the main entrance of the junction and at Kallukuzhi entry.

The monitor inside the cabins would be connected to the vehicle scanners and the images transmitted would enable the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel manning them to view the underside of vehicles and detect any hazardous objects or substances hidden below, say RPF officials. The scanners would be placed outside the cabins.

Two under vehicle scanners have been sanctioned for Tiruchi junction along with an array of other advanced security gadgets under the state-of-the-art ISS that aims to put in place a comprehensive security and surveillance mechanism .

Tiruchi is one of the major railway stations in the country to be brought under the scope of the ISS which was conceived in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008.

The automatic under vehicle scanners would provide high resolution images of foreign objects kept underneath the vehicle , say RPF officials here. The cabins would start functioning once the scanners were supplied.

Real-time viewing system, vapour tracers, a parcel scanner, couple of baggage scanners, and surveillance cameras constitute the host of advanced equipment already provided to the Tiruchi Railway Junction under the ISS.

The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) of the RPF would be vested with the responsibility of managing the ISS with its key components being closed circuit television system, access control measures, and baggage scanners. Officials say a disruptor, a couple of bomb basket, 30 handheld metal detectors, eight doorframe metal detectors, thermal cutter, blasting machine, and rendering safe procedure kit were the other sanctioned items whose supply is awaited.

Over 30 out of the 67 cameras approved for Tiruchi under the ISS have already been supplied and were in the process of being installed.

Officials say the control room planned near the VIP entrance would be connected to the surveillance cameras being installed at different points in the station. The activities taking place within the station premises and in the surrounding area would be monitored round-the-clock from the control room where monitors would be installed.

The strength of the BDDS had also been augmented from seven to 17 , say the officials.

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