SECUNDERABAD: With railway stations always being potential targets for terror groups, the Government Railway Police (GRP) has come up with a proposal to establish a Command Control Centre (CCC) to constantly keep a vigil at the Secunderabad Railway Station.
The GRP has already submitted a proposal to the Telangana State Government and the response is awaited, an official said. Once the GRP gets the nod, the CCC would be set up at the new office of the Railways Superintendent of Police, Secunderabad Division, near the Railway Court in Bhoiguda.
Director-General of Police (Railways and Road Safety) T Krishna Prasad had recently hinted that the GRP had chalked out an action plan to improve the surveillance system at the station. The CCC is part of the plan, he said. At present, 80 closed circuit television cameras cover all the 10 platforms of the Secunderabad station. A request was also made to the South Central Railway (SCR) to instal more cameras on the premises. “If the CCC is established, we will connect our cameras to it and monitor the entire station premises round the clock,” said an official.
Apart from increasing surveillance at the platforms, a vigil would also be maintained at the foot-over-bridges (FoBs), which have turned into shelter zones for vagabonds. The police could also monitor the movements of those moving suspiciously in the parking areas and near FoBs.
If a police constable is seen inattentive through the CCC, he could be instructed through the wireless communication equipment to be vigilant while on duty. In case of heavy rush at the general compartments of express trains, patrol police teams could be rushed to the platform concerned to ensure proper order, the official added.
Railways In-charge Superintendent of Police (Secunderabad Division) S Rajendra Prasad said, “We are hopeful of getting a positive response from the government soon.” If necessary, the help of the city police, who have already established such a centre, would be taken for effective functioning, he added.