Howrah station gets new baggage scanners

Calcutta: The two baggage scanners at Howrah station have been replaced by new ones. This is part of the Integrated Security System (ISS) that Eastern Railway plans to implement at all major stations soon. Other equipment, including scanners and high-end security cameras, will be procured as part of this scheme. The ISS will be in place at Howrah station by the end of this year, a senior official said.

“A lot of changes are in the pipeline as part of the ISS. The two new scanners that have been installed at Howrah station will work faster and allow more baggage. As these machines get older, their speed decreases. The new ones will help in reducing the queues at the entry gates. At the moment, we don’t check all baggage. Checking is done on a random selection basis. In the next few months, we shall get more scanners to cover other entry gates. Security will then be tighter,” said B Mohan, IG and chief security commissioner, Railway Protection Force, ER.

The cabway inside Howrah station will also get an under-vehicle scanner that will allow the RPF to check for possible car bombs.

“As part of the ISS, we also plan to augment the CCTV system at Howrah station. We had already started the tendering process but it had to be scrapped due to some technical issues. We had to get RDSO specifications and a new process will start soon. We hope to have things in place within the next six months,” Mohan said.

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