Mumbai: A new kennel housing a squad of three canines, particularly to secure Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), was launched by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) on Friday. The launch was part of the Integrated Security System (ISS) project on Central Railway which was announced post the 2006 train blasts.
Central Railway (CR) currently has a functional strength of 34 canines. It already operates kennels at Carnac Bunder, Matunga and Kalyan. But increase in footfall has raised security concerns at LTT as well. “We have brought in canine squads from Carnac Bunder or Matunga in the past, but this was time-consuming. The squad at LTT can also cater to Kurla and Ghatkopar stations which are crowded during peak hours,” said senior divisional security commissioner, Alok Bohra, RPF (CR). “There is always a threat perception at nodal stations. The squad is involved in routine checksand mock drills as well,” said an RPF official. The LTT kennel will house two sniffers and one tracker. The Carnac Bunder kennel will cater exclusively to stations in south Mumbai.