Your excitement to kickstart your summer vacation might just fizzle out at the railway station if you don’t start a good few of hours from your home before the train’s departure time.
The busiest railway stations in the Capital — New Delhi, Old Delhi and Hazrat Nizammudin — don’t have enough bag scanners at their entry points to handle passenger luggage during the summer rush. So you might end up standing in long queues along with hundreds of other passengers to even make it to the platform. At the New Delhi railway station, which handles more than a million passengers during the summer season, there are only seven X-ray scanners at the entry point on both Ajmeri Gate and Paharganj side. Bag scanners were installed at the stations last year to increase security cover but their numbers aren’t enough. The condition is similar at the Old Delhi and Nizammudin stations, where passengers have to wait for their luggage to be cleared before they can enter the station.
“Either the number of scanners should be increased or the railways should do away with it as it takes time. Also, there’s no point having scanners when your stations are open from all sides,” said a senior RPF officer.
However, the railways maintained they are in the process of purchasing more bag scanners but that will happen only after the summer season is over. “We’ll be releasing advertisements in newspapers and on radio asking people to reach the stations before time to avoid missing their trains,” said a railway spokesperson.