GUWAHATI, Aug 13 - Security at the Guwahati Railway Station has been beefed up ahead of the Independence Day celebrations.
�Guwahati is the biggest railway station of the North East with a footfall of 40,000 every day, and more than 30 pairs of trains pass through this station daily. So security of this station is of paramount importance,� said Pranav Jyoti Sharma, chief public relations officer (CPRO) of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR).
�A quick reaction team comprising 13 armed RPF jawans, along with 26 RPF personnel, under one officer, is on shift duty at the station. Another 30 GRP personnel, along with 10 CRPF jawans, are also helping maintain security of the station in each shift,� he said.
The CPRO said that to improve the overall security, some measures have been taken like area domination by posting additional manpower in the main concourse area, main entrance, the Paltan Bazar gate, the reservation halls, foot overbridge and platforms to ensure effective access control.
�Separate entrance and exit points have been set up to regulate the crowd. The main concourse area has been barricaded, and sniffer dogs have been deployed in three shifts to perform anti-sabotage checks. Random frisking of passengers with the help of hand metal detectors is being carried out. Round the clock monitoring by CCTV of all vulnerable areas is also being done,� said Sharma.
He said instructions have been issued to the departments concerned to frequently check dustbins, cloak rooms, parcels and the parking area.