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ISS for three railway stations

S. Anil Radhakrishnan

Thiruvananthapuram Central, Ernakulam Junction and Kozhikode

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: An Integrated Security System (ISS) will be implemented in Thiruvananthapuram Central, Ernakulam Junction and Kozhikode as part of Railways' efforts to step up security measures, ensure safety of the travelling public and avert terrorist attacks.

The three stations figure among 14 railway stations of Southern Railway that have been shortlisted for executing the state-of-the-art security system. The system is being implemented in 195 stations in the country at a cost of Rs.344.31 crore and will be managed by the elite Railway Protection Force.

Thiruvananthapruam Central and Ernakulam are being taken up in the first phase and Kozhikode in the second phase. “The aim is to commission the ISS in Thiruvananthapuram Central by March 2011 at a cost of Rs.4.9 crore,” a top RPF official told The Hindu.

Tenders have been invited for implementing the security plan that aims at enhancing vigil and providing effective access control in and around the designated railway station premises.

The system

Under the system, a centralised control room like the city police control room in the capital will be set up to monitor the movements of all those who enter the platforms, yards, circulating area and station premises through a network of surveillance cameras.

“We have received orders for constructing the control room in Thiruvananthapuram Central. A retiring room on the first floor of the main station building will be used for this,” he said.

The ISS comprises mainly of a CCTV surveillance system, access control, personal and baggage screening system, explosive detection and disposal system and system integration.

Hi-tech gadgets, including vehicle scanners to detect explosive substances in vehicles entering and leaving the station, multi-zone door frame metal detectors to scan those entering the station and platform and scanner for parcel office have been proposed.

Construction of boundary walls with barbed fencing will be taken up as part of the access control move and intruder alarms will be fixed in the boundary wall of the stations. All unmanned multi-entry and exit points in stations, a major security threat, will be plugged.

The Public Accounts Committee, in its latest report, has pointed out that Railways' security mechanism was inadequate and surveillance at stations ineffective and that it posed serious threat to the safety of the passengers. Railways operate around 800 trains covering about 8,000 stations.

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