The leisurely entry at Charbagh station would be restricted in the coming months as the place would be equipped with a multiple security check system.
Railways has given its nod to Integrated Security System (ISS), a hi-tech security infrastructure, for Charbagh. It would ensure airport like security at the railway station. “Funds have been sanctioned and tendering will start soon,” said senior DCM, Northern Railway, Lucknow, Ashwini Srivastava. ISS will be installed at the main Charbagh station as well as Lucknow Junction.
The Integrated Security System will cover entry/exit points, circulating area, concourse, all platforms, parcel area, PRS (reservation buildings), foot-over-bridges, yard pit shed, washing line, station limit (home signal to home signal) and vehicle entry point (to record vehicle number plate and vehicle details).
ISS has to be implemented at 140 railway stations identified as “sensitive” across the country. Charbagh, too, falls under this category. ISS is a multi-pronged security system which will be least intrusive. In 2010, Railway Board had announced implementing ISS at railway stations but it failed to take off due to shortage of funds. But, now that funds have been sanctioned, the process would begin soon. Railways will start floating tenders to put the needed paraphernalia in place. ISS will take the level of security several notches higher from the existing one. The concept is to have multiple checking system — starting from entry to station premises and continuing till boarding of the train.
Being a comprehensive set-up, Railways had to float an integrated contract for the system. Since the cost of installing the system was high, it was felt initially that it could not be done at the divisional level. But now tenders will be floated at the divisional level.
The site security plan for each identified station has been prepared by zonal railways. This is to assess the exact requirement of equipment as well as civil and other associated works before finalising the proposal.