Vande Bharat Express: CORAS to guard sensitive stations

The Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express. (PTI Photo)

Special commandos will be deployed at sensitive stations, like Jammu and Pathankot, on the 654-km route of the Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express to react to any security situation, a senior Railway Protection Force official said on Thursday.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) Director General Arun Kumar said Commandos for Railways Security (CORAS) will not be deployed on the train, flagged off from Delhi on Thursday, but at identified locations on the route.

The security measure has been taken after a survey of the route by the RPF.

"We have done a division-wise survey of the route across three divisions — Delhi, Ambala and Ferozpur — along with local police and GRP and adequate security has been placed," Kumar said.

Each coach in the Vande Bharat Express has six CCTV cameras, according to officials.

They said artificial intelligence technologies like facial recognition and leftover baggage detection systems are being used.

"The facial recognition technology alerts us if it finds someone stealthily or moving constantly at some place in the train and then we analyse it," an official said.

The first Delhi-Varanasi Vande Bharat Express launched earlier this year had faced incidents of stone pelting enroute, damaging its window panes. Also, there were several reports of cattle being run over in Uttar Pradesh due to which the train was damaged.

Kumar said they have held community meetings in areas from where stone-pelting incidents were reported and the feedback has been encouraging.

"There were incidents of stone pelting on the train from areas around Delhi — like Subzi Mandi, Azad Nagar. It was happening due to encroachment on railway land. The new train between Delhi and Katra has protective coating on its windows to guard against stone-pelting and also has reinforced cattle guard," he said.

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