A proposal in this regard has been forwarded to the higher ups in Hubli from the office of Divisional Security Commissioner, South Western Railways (SWR), Mysore division.
Divisional security commissioner, P K Mohan Das told Deccan Herald, the proposed system includes electronic gadgets utilised in airports for screening baggages, keeping a vigil on exit and entry points among others, estimated to cost over Rs one crore. It may be taken up in the second phase, as the similar system has been planned for Bangalore region in the first phase.
Now, the system is such that the railway station is guarded by both Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP). Door Framed Metal Detectors (DFMD) at four entry and exit points and closed circuit TV cameras have been already installed, as part of advanced security system that exists now. They have dog squad that will be deployed especially during terror threats and other situations that warrants alertness, as a precautionary measure.
Every nook and corner of the trains compartments will be thoroughly checked before accommodating passengers. It becomes imperative during Deepavali, keeping in view passengers safety. Transporting of fire crackers is a strict no in the trains.
With the increasing number of people taking to trains that still hasn’t dented even common man’s pocket in terms of fare, when compared to other modes of transports, the authorities do not want to compromise on security front.
In the recently concluded Dasara festival in Mysore, the railways generated record revenue with more number of people utilising the facility that saw special trains including on ‘Jamboo Savari’ day both towards Bangalore and Nanjangud sides.
When compared to previous year, the Mysore division of South Western Railways has seen 18 per cent increase in passenger traffic in 2010, said senior divisional commercial manager Dr Anup Dayanand Sadhu. In all, 12 express trains and eight passenger trains arrive and depart from Mysore station alone with the passenger traffic recorded on an average of between 15,000 and 20,000 per day.