Concerned over the security of passengers and attempts to sabotage its property, the Railways have decided to equip over 100 stations with hi-tech ‘Integrated Security System’ that includes intelligent software and CCTV surveillance.
"The advance system includes systems for personal and baggage screening system, explosive detection and electronic access and IP (internet protocol) based closed circuit television surveillance system with intelligent software," a railway official said.
"There has been a significant rise in the number of passengers and there is maximum load during the peak seasons. The system will help in screening passengers and help prevent any untoward attempt or incident to harm its property and passengers," he said.
"Expression of Interest has already been invited to install the system through public private partnership on BOOT (build, own, operate and transfer) basis," he said, adding," the proposal will be implemented soon after completing all formalities."
The Railways have a multi-gauge and multi-traction system covering over a lakh kilometres and has 7,000 passenger trains that carry 13 million passengers across the country.
"Being one of the most important means of travelling in the country, it is always on the radar of terror attacks. We do our best that keep the system intact and safe," the official said.
More than 5,000 RPF constables and 993 Sub-Inspectors will be recruited this year, the railway official said, adding that an advertisement to fill 599 vacancies among ancillary staff has also been issued.
"Physical and written tests for 993 Sub-Inspectors have been completed. We will shortly call selected candidates for interview," he said.
The need for ancillary staff including barbers, cooks, washermen and sweepers has arisen following an increase in the number of trains and passengers, the official said.