The hi-tech security cover the Centre intends to provide to the Mumbai suburban train network got a concrete shape at a high level meeting here on Friday. To be implemented in at least two phases, the security system is estimated to cost around Rs 200 crore.
The government had decided to scale up security after terrorists attacked suburban trains in Mumbai in July this year. Intelligence reports have also warned of the possibility of a terror re-run in Mumbai through sleeper cells and modules of the Al Qaeda, LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Friday's meeting was chaired by Cabinet Secretary BK Chaturvedi. Among those who attended it were top officers from the ministry of home, Indian Railways, Intelligence Bureau and Research and Analyses Wing. Maharashtra was represented at the meeting by its home secretary, director general police and the Mumbai police commissioner.
The new system includes X-ray machines, access control equipment and dog-squads, apart from a closed circuit television network. Many gadgets are also likely to be imported. A hi-tech control room will keep watch on unattended luggage, objects and passengers who show signs of suspicious behaviour. A senior officer privy to the discussions at the meeting said on condition of anonymity that the proposed security system would match the best in the world.
The new security plan envisages greater synergy between the Railways security personnel and the police through coordination and sharing of resources. Extra battalions of the Railway Police Force are to be deployed.