New Delhi: Despite regular inputs from intelligence agencies about veiled terror threats to the capital, all security measures including those at administration and technical level are proving no more than sporting gestures at many sensitive places.

Though the national capital has witnessed several gruesome terror attacks in the past like bomb blast in Paharganj on October 29, 2005 in which 6 people died and another blast on the same day in Sarojini Nagar which claimed 50 lives, the police is yet to wake up from its deep slumber when it comes to strict security check.

For instance, at two of the most sensitive places in Delhi (Old Delhi and New Delhi Railway stations), scanning of the luggage of travelers is done but the stations lack arrangement for the checking of parcels which are loaded in trains.

As the year 2008 witnessed bomb blasts at Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Central Park, Greater Kailash and five other places, the Ministry of Home Affairs came out with the proposal to bring the whole city under the eyes of CCTV cameras and to open a hi-tech command room within the police headquarters.

The government’s sincerity can be gauged from the fact that even after the completion of Commonwealth Games, the project of the Home Ministry has failed to see the light of the day. Even most crowded areas in Delhi like Lajpat Nagar market, Central Park, Bengali Market, Bhagirath Palace and Kashmere Gate have not been equipped with CCTV cameras yet. And at places where such cameras were fixed do not function well in absence of proper maintenance.

With the exception of Delhi Metro and New Delhi Railway station, almost all other stations lack the adequate security check measures. Shivaji Bridge Railway Station, which is near to New Delhi Railway Station, does not even have one single security personnel which openly invites security breach.

(JPN/Bureau)