In order to complete the process of security checks, Indian Railways is planning to seal railway stations 15-20 minutes before the scheduled departure of trains.
Similar to the process of airports’ security check and boarding system before departure, the passengers are required to arrive at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.
The director general of the Railway Protection Force (RPF), Arun Kumar, said, “Passengers will be advised to reach early because we will do random frisking, and there will be queues. Also, only genuine passengers will be allowed to enter the station and by plugging gaps — there will be some designated gates to enter the station.”
This access control system will be put in place at various sensitive and large railway stations across the country.
These steps are a part of a security plan under the Integrated Security System (ISS) which was approved in 2016 to strengthen surveillance mechanism at 202 railway stations. ISS will comprise of CCTV cameras, personal and baggage screening system, bomb detection and disposal system.