3-tier security for Jammu-Udhampur railway track proposed
26 August 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: With much-awaited train on Jammu-Udhampur track is all set to chug next month, Crime and Railways Police has proposed 3-tier security all along the track and the same is being actively considered by the State Government keeping in view the vulnerability of the track. Highly placed sources told the EXCELSIOR that soon after the track got ready for running of the train the Crime and Railways Police, which is presently guarding Jammu-Kathua track alongwith Railways Protection Force (RPF), prepared a proposal about the requirement of men and machinery to effectively guard the track and submitted the same to Police Headquarters (PHQ) for further submission to the State Government. 'The proposal is presently under the active consideration of the State Government and likely to be finalised with next couple of days as maiden train on Jammu-Udhampur track is all set to chug', the sources disclosed and said that since this 56 kilometre track has 21 tunnels and 28 major bridges the stress was laid on setting up of pickets on both ends of the bridges and tunnels in the proposal. The sources further disclosed that there will be two police stations of Crime and Railways Police at Udhampur and Kishanpur Manwal and three police posts at Bajalta, Sanghar and Cantonment area. 'The Crime and Railways Police has demanded minimum 1065 personnel for the security of whole track and out of this 330 for track patrolling round the clock, 385 for static guard duty and 385 at Police Stations and Police Posts', the sources informed. There will be six Crime and Railways Police personnel on one kilometre of track for round the clock vigil and they will perform duties in three groups of two cops each in shift wise. 'In case the Government would not be able to give 1065 personnel the services of ex-servicemen and Village Defence Committees (VDCs) would also be utilised to provide complete security to the track', the sources pointed out. Disclosing that there will be three-tier security, the sources said 'Crime and Railways Police would guard track and District Police would be given the responsibility of sensitizing the depth areas (about one kilometre from the railway track on both sides). There will also be Army domination in some of the areas'. The Crime and Railways Police has also asked the Northern Railways to construct pickets on both ends of bridges and tunnels so that adequate number of C&R personnel would be deployed on static guard duties. This apart, a request has also been made to the Northern Railways to construct small huts along the track for the stay of the security personnel and provide adequate infrastructure at police stations and police posts. When contacted Inspector General of Police (IGP) Crime and Railways A R Khan confirmed that a detailed proposal has been submitted to the State Government about the security of the Jammu-Udhampur track and said that C&R Police requires minimum strength of 1065 personnel to effectively guard the track. 'Obviously there will be deployment of Railways Protection Force (RPF) personnel also. It has not yet been finalised as to whether RPF would perform escort or static duties', the IG said and added that though it is a daunting task to provide security to the Jammu-Udhampur track yet Crime and Railways Police is ready to take this challenge once provided with minimum requirement of 1065 personnel.