Aug 6, 2016

Integrated Security Plan For Railway Stations

An Integrated Security System (ISS) has been approved to strengthen surveillance mechanism at 202 railway stations over Indian Railways. ISS has been conceptualized as comprising of Close circuit television (CCTV) camera, access control, personal and baggage screening system and bomb detection and disposal System which together provide multiple checking of passengers and its baggage from the point of entry in the station premises till boarding of train. The anticipated cost of ISS project stands at ₹ 385.06 crore. 
Prevention and detection of crime, registration of cases and maintenance of law and order over Railways is the statutory responsibility of States which is being discharged by them through the Government Railway Police (GRP). Railways, through the Railway Protection Force (RPF), are supplementing efforts of States for better protection and security of railway property, passenger area, passengers and matters connected therewith. Round the clock surveillance is being kept through CCTV cameras at 344 stations over Indian Railways. In addition, access control, operationalisation of All India Security Helpline (182), prosecution of offenders under relevant provisions of the Railways Act, close coordination/liaison with GRPs of respective States are other important measures initiated to ensure security at vulnerable stations.