Vehicles used by Amarnath pilgrims to be installed with RFID tags to strengthen security
Radio-frequency identification device uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object.Updated: Jun 07, 2018 23:27 IST
In a bid to strengthen security for pilgrims travelling to Jammu and Kashmir for the annual Amarnath yatra, the central government has decided to install radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags in vehicles used by pilgrims, CRPF officials said on Wednesday.
The RFID device uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object, in this case a vehicle.
The pilot project is being carried out by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the Jammu and Kashmir police and the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, confirmed RR Bhatnagar, director general of CRPF.
“Under the project, we have decided to do a test run this year and from next year onwards all vehicles carrying yatris will be provided the RFID’s. Information about the vehicle will be stored digitally and shared with concerned departments. This will ensure proper monitoring and safety of the passengers,” he said.
Other officials in the home ministry said the decision was taken in the aftermath of a militant attack on yatris last year that resulted in the deaths of eight civilians. It was later revealed that the bus that came under attack was not registered with the Amarnath shrine board.
“The device will be installed onto the vehicles when an individual or tour operators register to travel to Kashmir for Amarnath yatra,” Bhatnagar added. The annual yatra this year will start on June 28 and will continue till August 26.