The scheme will enhance the monitoring mechanism, writes R. Rajaram

With proposals for Integrated Security Scheme for select major railway stations including Tiruchi Junction under Southern Railway having been approved, security and surveillance mechanism at the identified stations is poised for significant augmentation in the near future.

Aimed at putting in place a comprehensive security system that was conceived by the railway administration in the aftermath of the terror attacks at Mumbai in 2008, the Integrated Security Scheme has been drawn up for 14 major stations utilising technology and advanced security-related gadgets to act as manpower multipliers.

Other stations

Besides Tiruchi, the other railway stations which will come under scope of the state-of-the-art Integrated Security Scheme includes Madurai, Coimbatore, Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore, Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, Calicut and Mangalore.

Of the Rs. 39 crore sanctioned for the implementation of the security scheme, the allocation for Tiruchi Junction will be about Rs 4 crore, say Railway Protection Force (RPF) authorities.

Installation of Closed Circuit Television Sets (CCTVs) and luggage scanners, access control measures in and around the station premises and establishment of Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad will form key components of the Integrated Security Scheme that has been devised to avert sabotage or terror attacks in railway stations.

Authorities of the RPF, vested with the responsibility of escorting passenger trains and providing access control, security and regulation in passenger and circulating areas in stations, said that procurement of security-related gadgets had also been planned. The comprehensive security and monitoring system in each chosen railway station should be in place in six to seven months time.

A top RPF officer said state-of-the-art control rooms would be established in each identified railway station for round-the-clock monitoring of movements through surveillance cameras.

Surveillance cameras would be installed at different points to cover platforms, circulating areas, parking lots and parcel offices in the railway station premises. RPF authorities say advanced gadgets especially the CCTV facility would help in augment the existing security set up in the identified stations besides creating a sense of security among travellers.

The presence of CCTV facility would act as a deterrent for anti-socials besides helping security personnel in investigations, said the officer. A detailed security plan under the Integrated Security Scheme for Tiruchi Junction has already been forwarded to the RPF zonal headquarters from here.

The scheme would enhance the monitoring mechanism and ensure effective security, said an officer here.