Parliament Question: Steps to improve Security Arrangements at Important Railway Stations

The Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) has constituted two separate Fire Safety Audit Teams A and B to identify areas requiring further upgradation to match the latest fire safety norms to international standards and to conduct checks in few select Railway at stations, coaching deports, workshops etc., for assessment of compliance of RDSO and Board’s instructions regarding fire safety. Fire Safety Audit Teams are yet to submit their reports.  Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel are deployed at parcel offices to ensure restricted entry and checking of suspicious parcel packages. For supplementing efforts of States, security has been identified as one of the priority areas by Railways for strengthening and up-gradation. An Integrated Security System is being implemented to strengthen security over 202 nominated stations. The above system comprises of following four broad areas:-

i)   Internet Protocol based CCTV System
ii)   Access control
iii)  Personal and baggage screening system
iv)  Explosive detection and disposal system

Other measures initiated in recent past to strengthen railway security include procurement of modern security related equipment, setting up of an All India Security Help Line, networking of RPF Post and Security Control Rooms, up-gradation of RPF training centers and creation of additional posts etc.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Kotla Jaya Surya Prakash Reddy in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.