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Metal detectors at Pune railway station on security break

There are no metal detectors while entering the railway station from the Raja Bahadur mill road-side

pune Updated: Aug 09, 2017 14:29 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
traffic,population,crowd management
No security arrangements were in force at the Pune railway station entrance.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

With various unauthorised access routes to the Pune Railway station available, the premises has always faced the problem of illegal intruders. This has given rise to security concerns.

On Tuesday, when team Hindustan Times visited the station, there were no metal detectors while entering from the Raja Bahadur mill road-side and many were seen walking into the station without a platform ticket. With construction work being undertaken at the main entrance of the railway station, the metal detectors at the main entrance too were not being used.

It was also observed that the baggage scanners were functional at the main entrance, but many passengers seemed to ignore them and walked onto the platforms without getting their luggage checked.

When passengers were asked about this lack of security at the station many passengers stressed the need for the unauthorised entrances to be closed down first, with a view to stopping people from entering the station illegally.

Passenger Amruta Singh said, "The security at the station needs to be tightened. Many times beggars are seen entering the station which should be stopped. At night people illegally enter railway platforms and use its resources when they are not passengers and do not have any valid railway tickets.”

Many passengers also stated that commuters who want to go to the other side of the road use the railway bridge to avoid traffic congestion on roads which also must be stopped.

When contacted railway officials informed that all illegal entrances are being blocked and the presence of railway police on the station has been increased. They stated that presently there are hardly any beggars seen on the platforms and drives against beggars and unauthorised vendors are being conducted regularly.

“From January to June this year we have booked 577 unauthorised vendors at the Pune station and collected fines of over Rs 6.54 lakh from them Such drives are being conducted regularly. Also we will soon be installing vehicle scanners at the parcel road entrance and also at the main entrance,” they added.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 14:29 IST