New Delhi, July 27: Indian Railways has been quite an eye-of-the-storm this week. The release of the recent CAG report was a real revelation of the current Railways working scenario. In a reply back to the slammers, Indian Railways gave out a press release on the current catering services and integrated security services at stations, yesterday in the Parliament.
According to Zonal Railways, 202 stations have been identified as sensitive for the purpose of installation of an Integrated Security System (ISS) to strengthen surveillance mechanism at these stations. ISS comprises of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras, access control, personal and baggage screening system and bomb detection and disposal system. 102 railway stations have already been covered with CCTV surveillance system under ISS. In addition, 151 baggage scanners, 32 Under Vehicle Scanning System (UVSS) and 88 bomb detection & disposal items have also been provided under ISS.
Issues concerning availability of eligible vendors, inspection of items, availability of budget, etc. were initially raised by Zonal Railways. These issues have since been addressed and all the Zonal Railways have been advised to ensure speedy implementation of ISS at all the identified sensitive stations.
Railway station premises is the statutory responsibility of the concerned states and Government railway Police (GRP) is the head of it. Commuters are free to call the GRP or Railway Protection Force (RPF) to address their problems related to any theft, crime or accident. Indian Railways also mentioned about strengthening and upgrading of security infrastructure.