The Indian Railways has taken a new security-related decision. The railway’s body in India is planning to make the arrival compulsory at least 20 minutes before the train arrives. The time will be utilised in completing the process of security checks.
Arun Kumar, Railway Protection Force Director was quoted by PTI saying that the security plan has already been put in place at Prayagraj ahead of Kumbh Mela which will kick off at the Hubli railway station in Karnataka. The plan is to seal the railway stations. It is primarily about identifying openings and to determine how many could be closed. There would be areas which will be closed through permanent boundary walls, while others will be manned by RPF personnel and yet others will have collapsible gates.
Earlier at the end of 2018, the Indian Railways had decided to give parking, catering and parcel-leasing related tenders online, doing away with the paper-based methods.
A senior official had said, “There were complaints against the prevailing bidding system as the scope of formation of cartels and illegal interference in the bidding procedure to bag parking, catering and other contracts were always there.”