Scanners at LTT finally screened from public view

Oct 08, 2013, 03:08 IST | Vedika Chaubey

Weeks after MiD DAY reported about computers connected to the baggage scanners at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), allowing passersby to get a good look at the contents of baggage passing through them, the scanners have been shielded from public view, with a film being put on the glass through which people could take a look at the screens.

On September 21, MiD DAY reported about how the placement of screens connected to baggage scanners had been causing uneasiness to passengers, exposing the contents of their luggage to passers-by (‘Why thieves can scan your luggage.’)

Shielded: A screen has been put on the window behind the scanner, so that people passing behind cannot take a peek in to view the contents of the luggage. Pic/Sayed Sameer Abedi 

Each scanner was installed at a cost of Rs 30.58 lakh. The officials, however, had placed them at ill-chosen spots, from where the screens were exposed to the view of potential thieves, who could get a good look at the valuables carried in the bags that passed through the scanners.

“It was very risky for the passengers and we have had a few cases of theft,” said an official. The new LTT building was inaugurated in the month of April by the then Railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, but was thrown open for the passengers from August 15.

There are three baggage scanners installed at the entry gates that take the passengers to the railway platform. Alok Bohra, senior divisional security commissioner (RPF), CR, said, “We had already planned to make the scanners private, but since the terminus was opened only a month back, this was in the process.”  

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