With increase in incidents of attacks on trains, the Centre on Friday said passenger safety was its top priority and steps were being taken to ensure full security of the travellers.
"Full security would be provided to the passengers in all the trains. This is our top priority," Minister of State for Railways E Ahmad told reporters in Chennai.
His comments comes days after the Centre warned that the incident of seizure of trains by Maoist-backed tribals like the recent hijack of Bhubaneswar-Delhi Rajdhani Express could take place in future also.
Ahmad said the number of passengers registered a growth of 2.43 per cent during April-September 2009 and stood at 8.2 million over the same period a year ago.
"Earnings through passengers increased by four per cent compared to previous year", he added.
To cope up with growing passenger demand, a massive expansion of unreserved ticketing service system has been planned during the current fiscal.
"A total of 449 unreserved ticketing system counters would be inaugurated during 2009-10 as against 70 during 2008-2009", he said.
He added to supplement the manned ticket booking counters, Jansadharan ticket booking system counters were also being commissioned.
Under the system, private operators will be permitted to issue unreserved tickets on a commission basis.