Delhi train stations unsafe, says railway police in post-Pulwama audit

A security audit of Delhi’s 45 railway stations conducted by the Government Railway Police (GRP) after the Pulwama terror attack has revealed serious lapses in the present security infrastructure.

The audit report mentions that 11 railway stations have no passenger bag scanners, while four stations lack boundary walls to prevent intrusion. It further states that railway stations in the national capital face a shortage of 416 CCTV cameras, 16 baggage scanners and 15 door frame metal detectors (DFMDs) required to prevent entry of arms, ammunitions and explosives into the premises.

The audit was conducted in late February, less than a week after the Pulwama terror attack. A copy of the report has also been sent to senior officers of the Northern Railway’s Delhi division.

According to the audit report, a copy of which is with HT, 11 out of the 45 railway stations that do not have a single passenger bag scanner include – Sabzi Mandi, Dayabasti, Sakur Basti, Mangolpuri, Nangloi, Mundka, Ghewra, Palam, Sadar Bazar, Shahdara and Vivek Vihar.

Besides, four railway stations — Shahdara, Sadar Bazar, SP Marg and Vivek Vihar — have no boundary wall to avert illegal intrusion, the report mentions.

The audit report also states that many railway stations lack DFMDs, which are used to scan passengers entering the railway stations. These stations are Shivaji Bridge and Tilak Bridge, which are close to Connaught Place in Lutyens’ Delhi.

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