The Guwahati Railway Station, one of the biggest railway junctions in the country, is bereft of any security measures, except the CCTV cameras.
Though funds are available to improve safety measures, there is no move to install essential security devices including baggage scanners and door metal detectors at the station.
What makes the things worse is the limited manpower at the disposal of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials.
When ‘Pratidin Time’ visited the major railway station of North-Eastern region on Sunday after the explosion took place at a passenger train (Kamakhya- Dekargaon intercity express) near Harisinga railway station in Udalguri district, thousands of people were seen entering and exiting the station without having to go through any security checks. The station witnesses the highest footfall as this is the major station of NE.
Most of the passengers enter and exit the station through various gates.
However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials maintained that they would be making temporary arrangement for a couple of days before and after major events like Independence Day and Republic Day by deploying additional forces on the station premises.
Several passengers expressed their apprehension about the lack of proper security measures and demanded that the authorities take permanent measures to prevent untoward incidents.