Where the Airport Authority of India is strict about passenger rules and regulations, IRCTC has always been quite the opposite. But with its recent update, passengers now have to report to the railway station early, at least 30 mins before the departure of their respective trains. In our opinion, that may not be too bad.
What’s The Buzz?
According to IRCTC, passengers may soon have to report early at railway stations as their entry will be monitored. Just like airports, the entry of the passenger will be recorded before they board their train. This will not only avoid the random frisking of passengers but will also ensure the safety of the other passengers. There will be some designated entry gates where the access control systems will be installed.
What Should You Know?
The Railway Protection Force has already started a trial run of this plan in Prayagraj (formally Allahabad), where the footfall of tourists is usually higher as compared to other states in January, due mostly to the Kumbh Mela.
The railway has identified 202 sensitive railway stations across India, which includes metro cities and the state capital. To ensure access control and effectiveness, IRCTC plans to install 1.2 million CCTVs in trains and station premises with real-time face recognition software which will alert the RPF command centre of offenders, if any.
What’s Our Take?
This step taken by the Railway Protection Force is to strengthen surveillance mechanisms and ensure that trains aren’t delayed due to lengthy security process and other formalities. Coming 30 minutes before the actual time would actually help the management to run trains as per the scheduled time, eventually helping passengers reach their destinations on time.
Plus, this initiative may encourage travellers to take train journeys more often!