Staff Reporter

First scanner to be installed at Secunderabad Railway Station

Baggage has to be handed over at the entrance and collected before boarding the train

Proposal sent to the Railway Board for approval; facility at Secunderabad to cost Rs. 27 lakh

Hyderabad: Now baggage of rail commuters will be subjected to check like that of air passengers. The South Central Railway has planned to install baggage scanners at important railway stations.

The SCR mooted the idea following increasing threat from terrorists, particularly targeting railway stations and other transit points. Hereafter, commuters have to handover their baggage to the security personnel stationed at the entrance of railway stations and collect the same before boarding the train.

If things go as per SCR plans, the first baggage scanner would be installed at Secunderabad Railway Station in a couple of months.

A proposal has already been sent to the Railway Board seeking approval for installation of a baggage scanner at Secunderabad Railway Station with an estimated cost of Rs. 27 lakh, said a railway spokesperson.

Taking a cue from Chennai Railway Station, which is equipped with baggage scanners, authorities have planned for similar facility at railway stations in the State.

As part of a pilot project, a baggage scanner would be installed at Secunderabad Railway Station main entrance and based on the feasibility, similar equipments would be installed at other railway stations, she informed.

As a means of stepping up security measures, railway authorities have also conceived an Integrated Security Scheme, covering security measures at railway stations. “Once the Railway Board approves the scheme, it will be put into action at Nampally, Secunderabad and Vijayawada railway stations,” the spokesperson said.