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Trains, buses… all under the scanner

Vidya Venkat

Mass Rapid Transit System stations in Chennai remain desolate with hardly any security installation

— Photo: M.VEDHAN

DESERTED: MRTS stations are yet to be equipped with security installations.

CHENNAI: Security at major railway stations in the city has been tightened. The Central station, with nearly two lakh users everyday, has received maximum priority.

The police have installed detectors at entry points to check those entering the stations. Baggage scanners have been kept.

The station has CCTV cameras installed at important locations to monitor the movement of people.

At the Egmore railway station, which attracts around 1 lakh passengers in the city every day, police personnel physically checked the baggage. At both stations, issue of platform tickets were suspended till Sunday.

“Only the passengers who were travelling were allowed to enter the station premises,” Inspector General of Police (Railways) Uma Ganapathy Sastri said.

He said bomb detection teams, sniffer dogs and additional armed police personnel had been deployed at Central station as a security measure. Even police constables were engaged to randomly check inside trains, he said.

Suburban trains

The suburban EMU trains in the city, which carry an approximate 7 lakh passengers in the day, are also receiving attention.

Mr.Sastri said the large number of passengers in these trains posed obvious challenges to the police to do a thorough check.

However, more police persons had been put up here to keep a watch on any suspicious movements.

Passengers can dial 99625 00500 to alert railway authorities about anything suspicious they may notice at railway stations or in a train. Mr. Sastri also requested the passengers to start early from their homes for their journey so that they could complete the security checking without losing time.

MRTS stations

Mass Rapid Transit System stations, however, remain desolate with hardly any security installation. Mr. Sastri said the Government Railway Police was putting in place security measures at these stations too.

MTC buses

As for the Metropolitan Transport Corporation buses, none of the vehicles displays any security message for passengers. Even the Grievance Cell number of MTC 93833 37639 is not displayed in all buses.

A senior Metropolitan Transport Corporation official said following the Mumbai terror attacks, drivers and conductors had been instructed to watch out for any passenger leaving objects behind in the bus before getting down.

He also said stickers displaying the grievance cell number had peeled off or were torn and they would soon put them up inside the buses.

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