Recently, in a security audit conducted by the Delhi Police, it has been found that the major railway stations in the national capital including New Delhi, Old Delhi, Nizamuddin and AnandVihar railway stations are not safe for the public. According to a report, the audit report states that the parcel areas at these railway stations of the capital city are particularly vulnerable as goods transported in passenger trains are not verified or scanned to ensure passenger security.
The security audit conducted by the police found that the main parcel area at the New Delhi railway station remains open and people without any checking or frisking, can enter the railway station through this area. Similarly, in Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, unauthorised people can easily sneak in from its parcel area. Also, the parcel gates at other railway stations like Sarai Rohilla, Daya Basti, Nangloi, KishanGanj remain open and people can enter the stations from there unchecked.
The security loopholes may lead to mass casualty including bomb blasts, if an explosive is planted by any terrorist organisation in any of the parcels, the audit report states. The security audit report also mentioned that many unauthorised entry and exit points at several railway stations remain unmanned. DRM of the Northern Railway’s Delhi Division was quoted in the report saying that they have the basic security checks in place. However, he also said that the setup is not of the highest level. In order to install face recognition cameras at the major railway stations, they recently got the sanction and the work is under progress.