Only 2 stations have scanners
As part of an Integrated Security Plan passed by the railway board after the 26/11 terror attacks, it was decided to install bag-scanning machines at important stations across the city.mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2010 00:56 IST
As part of an Integrated Security Plan passed by the railway board after the 26/11 terror attacks, it was decided to install bag-scanning machines at important stations across the city.
Two years later, only three scanners have been installed till date.
Two of these are at Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus and one at Dadar Terminus.
However, they are hardly seen being used scanning baggage.
Central Railway PRO Shrinath Mudgerikar claims the machines are very much in use and that when a passenger wants to keep his or her luggage in the cloak, it is properly scanned to avoid an untoward incident.
The scanner for Lokmanya Tilak Terminus is still under commissioning.
It was proposed that terminus such as Chhatrapati Shivaj Terminus, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Dadar Terminus on the central line and Bandra Terminus on the western line, be sanctioned bag scanners as they have outstation trains
coming and going through the day.
Churchgate station was also included in the list because of the large number of people travelling to and from that part of the city.
“As an experiment, it was decided that one bag scanner be installed at each terminus. The experiment turned out to be successful,” said Mudgerikar.
“However, considering the number of trains that arrive and depart from CST, two bag scanners were installed there,” he added.
But almost two years after the attacks, the condition seems to have barely changed.
“It is not only the bag scanners but also equipment such as high-end CCTV cameras, other types of scanners, X-ray machines, explosive detection and disposal techniques and improved manpower at
these stations that are form a part of the plan,” added Mudgerikar.
It is not just the machines that are taken into account when it comes to security measures.
The personnel in uniform who do the rounds, who ensure safety on stations and take action against any suspicious looking person, are also important. But so, far none of these systems seem to have been implemented.