Security apparatus at City railway station to be upgraded

Security apparatus at City railway station  to be upgraded

With an aim to enhance security at the Bengaluru City Railway Station, the South Western Railway (SWR) is working on installing an under-vehicle scanning system (UVSS) at the two entrances.

It has also proposed to set up ten door-frame as well as hand-held metal detectors, besides separate X-ray baggage scanners, at the station.

“Although the installation of UVSS is almost complete, we are waiting for the inclusion of a new software to the system. Once done, the automated scanning system - able to record under-the-carriage images of vehicles - would be operational at least by December-end. We will commission the UVSS in Bengaluru Railway Station and one at the Yeshwantpur railway  station,” a top security officer attached to the Railway Protection Force (RPF) told Deccan Herald.

This is part of an Integrated Security System, which is being adopted to ensure the safety of people and avert terror attacks. The process to instal these detectors has been already undertaken. As of now, there are 75 closed-circuit television cameras on the railway station premises, a source said.

Multiple entrances

According to the official, there are four door-frame detectors at the entrance of the railway station. These detectors, however, were not functional on Monday and the passengers could easily walk in to the platform from multiple entrances. There were no hand-held metal detectors either to scan the passengers or the luggage. Besides, there are at least ten unauthorised entry and exit points.

“We have sent a proposal to the Bengaluru Railway division to close down all the additional entrances except one or two. We need to fence the entrance like the airport. Without this being done, it is useless to have any detector or security, as there are multiple entrances to the station. We are working on closing down unmanned entrances, which will take some time,” the officer said.

He said the RPF had sought additional staff to man the station round the clock. “For the entire station, we have only 110 staffers who work on four shifts,” he said.

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