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Review visit: Union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu inspecting the Secunderabad railway station on Wednesday. -
Review visit: Union Minister of State for Railways R. Velu inspecting the Secunderabad railway station on Wednesday. -

Training on the lines of NSG; MMTS second phase plan with Railway Board

Integrated security system to cover 140 stations

Secunderabad to have world-class amenities

HYDERABAD: The Indian Railways will soon raise a commando outfit on the lines of National Security Guards (NSG) to counter terrorist activities at railway stations and its properties.

The Union Minister of State for Railways, R. Velu told reporters here on Wednesday that commandoes would be given rigorous training on the lines of NSG and these men would be picked up from the railway battalions. The trained men would be posted at the most vulnerable and sensitive places identified by the department.

He said an integrated security system was being worked out for 140 railways stations in the country, which are prone to attacks, apart from the four Metro cities. As a part of it, CCTVs would be installed at all these stations to monitor the movements of suspicious elements apart from placing the services of bomb disposal and dog squads at the disposal. X-ray machines, metal detectors and enhanced Railway Protection Force (RPF) force would be part of this to meet the challenges.

Mr. Velu said that Secunderabad station would be upgraded into a world-class railway station with amenities like budget hotel, shopping malls, banks, stores among others. The entire station will have a cohesive scientific flow of outgoing and incoming traffic plan. It will take a few more years for the plan to take shape.

Regarding improving the facilities at the station, he said Rs. 8.50 crores has already been spent on various developmental works while Rs. 2.20 crore worth works were in progress. The proposed escalators would be installed within two years.

The Minister said that the proposal for the second phase of MMTS for the city was with the Railway Board and he would ensure that it was taken up for discussion soon. He expressed displeasure at the high rates of eatables at the food plazas outsourced on platforms and asked the officials to review the prices. He said a proposal has been sent to the government seeking land for constructing the third terminal at Hi-tech city station.


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