Indian Railways is planning to beef up security at 202 major stations. These stations will have provisions for conducting security checks and the passengers will have to come at least 20 minutes prior to the train departure.
The entries will have limited entrance so that each passenger undergoes checking. This will be supported by sniffer dogs and X-Ray machines.
It will also include real-time face recognition software which will alert security personnel when a known face is detected.
Arun Kumar, Railway Protection Force Director has said the plan will kick off at the Hubli railway station in Karnataka.
The major part of the plan is sealing the railway stations. The areas will be closed by making permanent boundary walls, while others openings will be manned by RPF personnel while some will have collapsible gates.
These steps are a part of a security plan under the Integrated Security System (ISS) which was approved in 2016 to strengthen surveillance mechanism at 202 railway stations. The ISS will comprise CCTV cameras, access control, personal and baggage screening system and bomb detection and disposal system which together provide multiple checking of passengers and baggage from the point of entry in the station premises till boarding of train. The anticipated cost of the ISS project stands at Rs 385.06 crore.