Tuesday, June 09, 2009

RPF to get modern weapons, vehicles to ensure safety


New Delhi, June 09: In order to strengthen security of passengers, tackle naxal and terrorism incidents, the Railway Board has sanctioned more than Rs 81 crore for the purchase of modern weapons and vehicles.

According to a senior Railway Ministry official, Rs 67 crore has been sanctioned for RPF to procure security related equipment including 3,000 AK 47 rifles, 1,000 INSAS assault rifles (5.56mm), 100 Light Machine Guns (5.56mm).

The board has cleared Rs 14.26 crore for acquiring vehicles for RFP officials.

Railways also plan to station its own bomb disposal squads at around 100 major stations identified as sensitive or vulnerable across the country besides installing hi-tech closed circuit television cameras and X-ray machines to screen passengers, the officer said.

The scheme will be implemented in two phases – first phase for metropolitan cities and second phase for other important stations, he said.

The present modernisation plan is in addition of Rs 400-crore "Integrated Security System", that aims to strengthen the current surveillance mechanism.

RPF also proposes to recruit 25,000 highly trained personnel for security and safety of passengers.

Bureau Report

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