New safety measures on Indian Railways

Security is a scalding topic with the railway minister Lalu Prasad these days. The good part is that he is doing whatever in his power to elevate security among passengers of the railway networks in India.

Two news items in the Hindustan Times and Sify have detailed the new security related developments that would soon find their way into railway stations concourses.

  1. X-Ray machines to be installed at major Northern Railways' stations. This includes New Delhi, Delhi and Nizamuddin. The machines would be similar to the ones at airports and would revel the contents of luggages to the security personnel. The 2.75 crore project would target both passenger and parcel luggages.
  2. CCTVs (Close Circuit Televisions) also are being installed at 13 railway stations in Mumbai. This comes in the wake of the recent July 11, 2006 Mumbai serial blasts that ripped 7 different suburban trains killing nearly 200 people.

Though the measures are commendable, the railways need to realize that they have an uphill task to adequately secure the thousands of railways stations across India and make way for safer rail travel to the millions of Indians for whom railways are the mode of life.

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